What we are doing to help the environment

The state of the planet is on our minds and, to do our bit, we have developed our eco policies as listed below. There are limitations to how far we can go given that we are trying to combine a luxurious experience for our guests with a sustainable and low-impact ecological policy. We list below some of the our eco policies that we have adopted:

1. Solar panels heat the water, backed up by a gasoil boiler when the sun doesn´t shine.

2. Recycling – everything possible is recycled from torn sheets to wine bottles

3. We use only LED bulbs where ever possible

4. Whilst Cartajima has plenty of water, we are ever aware that water is the new gold and we must conserve it. All taps have a purlator to restrict the flow

5. We shop locally using only what is available within a twenty-kilometre radius thus reducing fuel consumption.

6. We purchase in small quantities to eliminate food waste.

7. Although we have a clothes dryer, we keep it only for emergencies when for example a guest needs something dried quickly.

8. PLASTIC – this is a biggie and difficult. We have reduced in some areas and are thinking laterally about other uses of plastic.

9. We have a no disposable products policy and, for example, use only linen serviettes and full size shampoo and gel containers not those tiny disposables one sees in most hotels.

10. The building has been constructed with modern thermal insulation and the windows are double glazed UPVC which close tightly reducing loss of heated or cooled air.

11. All rooms have individually controlled heating and cooling to reduced wasted electricity and the A/C sytem is by heat pumps to improve efficiency

12. We have persuaded a local landowner to let us use a little piece for compost which has seriously reduced what we put in the garbage containers.

13. Unlike most hotels, we do not provide water in plastic bottles. The tap water in Cartajima is straight out of the mountain and perfect for drinking. It is regularly checked by the local authorities and I can show you the most recent report if you are interested. We will provide you a metal water bottle if you are going hiking.

14. We have purchased reusable produce bags for vegetables and fruit purchases

General Inquiries – Please contact 
Di Beach, dibeach@loscastanos.com

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