The Long Run’s Waste Busters
From piggeries to sandblasters and everything in between, The Long Run members are continually striving to cut down on waste and adopt a circular approach to resource management. Here are a few of the latest waste-busting innovations:
Piggy in the Middle
When it comes to reusing waste, no rock is left unturned at Lapa Rios, Costa Rica’s original ecolodge on the pristine Osa Peninsula. While plenty of hotels make the most of the food waste guzzling nature of pigs, saving hundreds of kilograms of food waste from landfill every year, Lapa Rios goes one step further creating clean energy from the bi-product: pig faeces. Eighty per cent of food waste is recycled and what can’t be made into compost goes to the pigs whose refuse is then turned into biogas with a biodigester.
Offering guests one of the lowest people-to-land ratios in Africa, the Kicheche team knows that when things get thrown away, they have to go somewhere. Last year, concerted efforts to reduce waste culminated in Kicheche’s most successful yet; in 2018, plastic waste decreased by 53% compared to 2017. To get these kinds of results, everything that comes into camp is scrutinised, including yoghurts. By purchasing a yoghurt making machine and serving delicious, homemade yoghurts in recycled jars, Kicheche has saved 2130 small cups from landfill. Rather than buying new glasses, Kicheche also forms its water glasses out of used bottles.
In addition to the above, Long Run member Guludo Beach Lodge in Mozambique’s picturesque Quirimbas, has been working with the World Wildlife Fund to establish and monitor two marine sanctuaries, that are both no-take zones. Nikoi and Cempedak Islands (Indonesia) are working with Conservation International to establish a management plan for a Marine Protected Area with No Take Zones around both islands.
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