Our hostel is now certified under the Five-Leaf system. We have been granted all five leaves!
Those are some healthy chickens! Not only do they eat our food scraps, they help with bug control and fertilization.
Bio-char is charcoal created by pyrolysis of biomass, and differs from charcoal only in the sense that its primary use is not for fuel, but for biosequestration or atmospheric carbon capture and storage. Charcoal is a stable solid rich in carbon content, and thus, can be used to lock carbon in the soil. Bio-char is of increasing interest because of concerns about climate change caused by emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHG).
Our greywater system recycles the wastewater from our washing machines utilizing cascading ponds containing plants which are able to filter and clean the small amounts of contaminants in the water. We use biodegradable, nonphosphorous laundry detergent and no bleach in order to reduce our impact on the environment.
Biodigesters convert organic wastes into a nutrient rich liquid fertilizer and biogas, a renewable source of electrical and heat energy.
All our food scraps and leaves go in the compost pile, creating beautiful, rich soil.
We grow as many herbs and vegetables as we can with the limited space we have, and there are fruit and vegetable trucks that come through the neighborhood. When they come through you just have to roll out of the hammock to get your food for dinner.
Skylights allow for natural light to come through, reducing the need for electric lights during the day, and we use mango trees for shade, small fans and open-air construction, which allows the cool ocean breeze into all buildings on the property.
All the materials used at the Flutterby House were harvested from within 30 miles. We do not use endangered hardwoods in our construction.
Solar water heating