Earth – the place we call home… And how are we looking after our most valued asset? I have read somewhere that there is no Plan(et) B – and just how true this is…
In today’s day and age, you would have often heard people say that a new term applies: “if it’s broken, buy new” – no longer “if it’s broken, fix it…” And this is so typical of our lives. Nowadays life is about convenience, if it’s too much trouble it doesn’t happen. In this case – recycling. According to the Mail & Guardian article “Drowning in bottled water” a recent survey conducted by the Futures Company among 1 000 South Africans revealed: 74% of consumers said that the lack of easy access to recycling facilities held them back from leading a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. Thus, most of the bottles simply end up in the general waste of the local municipality. The shocking truth is less than 40% of all recyclable plastic bottles are recycled.
The first Earth Day was held on 22 April 1970, twenty years later it went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Today more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
This year the theme is “End Plastic Pollution” and I am wondering how many people will just give up one bottle of water per day or one cup of take away coffee?
At Nambiti Plains we have taken the fight against plastic to heart. As we are a small Lodge in the Nambiti Reserve, living in between wildlife and witnessing daily the human impact on nature – this cause is dear to our hearts. As we are owned by Wally and Debbie Fry – founders and current owners of the company that produces the Fry Family Food Co. range of meat alternatives, it comes as no surprise, therefore, that our whole conviction is the conservation of the planet.
A quick look, just from the impact of our small Lodge: a potential 300 bed nights multiplied by an average consumption of 3 to 4 bottles of water per person per day for one month. This gives you an astounding 1200 bottles into the garbage per month and a staggering 14000 bottles emanating per annum! So what exactly are we doing to minimize plastic use at the Lodge?
We have installed a state of the art water purification system to purify our already good borehole water, coming from 25 meters underground, to a quality that equals any bottled water that you can buy. We can therefore provide flasks in our guests’ rooms for drinking water instead of plastic bottles. Our in-room folders educate guests on water usage and provide facts and figures to support our conservation convictions. Our in-room amenities come in glass bottles. We re-use any plastic bottles. The stock we receive are packaged in re-usable crates or carton boxes. To most of our guests delight we are also sending glass bottles of water on Game drive. Glass bottles are made out of abundant natural resources, and require low energy inputs in the manufacturing process, much less than compared to plastic. Even though these might seem like a small effort of a small Lodge in the greater scheme of things, we believe, and science has proven, that every effort, no matter how small or big – can and will make a difference.
At Nambiti Plains we will continuously strive to do more in order to preserve our natural environment for the next generations to come.