The rapid replacement of the banana leaf overstrained many Indonesians, especially the older generation. Many couldn’t really grasp how perilous the now prevalent plastic bags are for the environment. Banana leaves decompose; plastic bags turn up everywhere from rivers to the sea making environmental protection and sustainability in Bali a major issue
The banana leaf might sound like a small, even superficial matter, yet it stands synonymous with how all of Bali rapidly development in recent years. There are more and more hotels, cars and tourists every year, particularly in the south of the island. One the major issues that came with it is waste disposal. Being a business, we want to contribute as much to protecting Bali’s environment as possible.
We introduced standards that are considered "normal" in western hotels, such as asking guests to switch off the lights and the ventilation A/C when they're not in the room, or to use towels more than once. The toilet flush has a water saving button and there are energy-saving lamps throughout the camps. Furthermore, we regularly organize beach clean-up get-togethers. They have proven very popular in Bali and have been adapted moreover.
In addition, we try to tackle all problems at their source. One-way plastic packaging has been banned from all camp kitchens and restaurants. Instead, we use reusable containers for storing, for portioning, and for take-away breakfasts – a rather expensive matter in Bali. On top of it, guests at the camps in Seminyak and Canggu can borrow a jute bag when going shopping.
Instead of selling plastic-bottled beverages we exclusively offer reusable, refillable Kima bottles. These stainless-steel, PVC-free options can be used for fresh drinking water from our environmentally friendly water dispensers at all times. You can reduce the plastic problem of Bali by buying a Kima bottle and unlimited drinking water with your camp stay. The profits mostly go to the "R.O.L.E. Foundation", an environmental and social project in Bali for which we act as main sponsor. Additionally, we work with "Bali-Recycling", a trustworthy waste disposal company specialized in recycling and hazardous waste disposal
On 21st December 2018 Bali’s governor has enacted a ban of single-use plastics! It is expected to reduce the amount of plastic by 70% in 2019!