Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has taken its commitment to sustainability one step further with the launch of Earth Lab – a place where every Six Senses property showcases their sustainability efforts to reduce consumption, produce locally, and support communities and ecosystems.
Guests are invited to visit Earth Lab to reconnect with the natural world and learn some simple life-hacks that will allow them to make a difference.
”We are delighted to launch Earth Lab,” said Bernhard Bohnenberger, president of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.
“Each facility represents the seriousness we place on sustainability and the importance of working locally and with nearby communities to tread lightly on the environment and respect Mother Nature. We track metrics on all of Earth Lab activities undertaken, and are keen to provide that data to our guests. A visit to Six Senses would not be complete without visiting Earth Lab, it’s a one-stop, fun place to learn, grown and explore our unique approach to developing and sustaining our people, our planet and wisely balancing profit.”
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Producing materials on site reduces transportation-related impacts, especially for products that must otherwise travel long distances to our locations. Six Senses has adopted a philosophy of Zero Waste, meaning, there is no waste and all materials must have a new purpose. Earth Lab embraces this concept by upcycling materials into new products. Work happening around the property or off-site is also communicated in Earth Lab, for example marine conservation work, forest restoration and community development.
Earth Lab topics and activities include:
- Food waste is composted and used to fuel extensive organic gardens
- Fruits and vegetables harvested from organic gardens provide fresh and healthy meals for guests
- Bees kept for honey and to pollinate local crops
- Free range chickens produce organic eggs
- Goats process landscaping waste and produce milk
- Glass (where recycling is not available) is crushed and upcycled into flower pots, paving stones and light fixtures
- Water bottled on site eliminating the transportation impacts and use of plastic water bottles
- Alternatives to plastic straws including paper, bamboo, and lemongrass
- Natural insecticides distilled from plants and used as an organic alternative to chemical sprays
- Biologically active cleaning solutions are grown in batches and used to replace chemical cleaners
- Renewable energy is produced from solar and biomass
- Plants are harvested and oils freshly extracted for spa treatments
- Seeds are harvested, kept in a seed bank and made available for guests to take and grow organic at home
- DIY videos are produced and shared online; guests can join workshops
- Local community members are invited to learn and share traditional knowledge