our commitment to sustainable practices at our lakefront Queenstown hostel
– reduce, RE-USE, RECYCLE –
We don’t want our town – or world for that matter – deteriorating quicker than it should, so we do our best to “stem the flow” so to speak. But we need you to help us achieve this by participating in our processes where possible while you stay!
Every light fixture (where possible) has been installed with LED energy-saving bulbs, and considering there’s a lot of them, that cuts down our energy consumption incredibly – we have also put notes around imploring our guests to consider turning lights and appliances off when they leave their room. Any bulbs that are not LED specific are either fluorescent, or of an energy efficient nature.
The fridges & TV’s equipped throughout the hostel have good energy-efficiency ratings, and the lights in our communal areas also switch off when nobody is in the rooms or hallways after hours.
Our Laundromat consists of some of the most energy-efficient machines in their class. Every toilet in the building is of a water-efficient nature with dual-flush capacity. All of our showers and hand basins also have water restricters on them, limiting their flow and wastage, but still guaranteeing our guests a perfect shower experience.
In the Kitchen, we have a grease-trap installed to limit harmful waste entering the waterways. We also have an auto-Urn for keeping water at boiling temperature ready for use, rather than constantly heating up water for your tea or coffee. Again, LED bulbs have been used, and the fridges are good quality with recently replaced seals to ensure no loss of energy.
You’ll also notice in the kitchen is a bin – sponsored by our friends at Sea Shepherd – dedicated to re-useable bags for grocery shopping – the idea being they are returned for the next guest to utilise instead of getting plastic bags every time they shop.
Our housekeepers also use re-useable gloves, reusable cloths and minimal amounts of garbage bags to limit our plastic footprint. We use eco-friendly cleaning products where possible to ensure no unnecessary harmful chemicals are put into our waterways. We are minimising single-use plastics in multiple ways as well – our dual ply toilet paper is from recycled material, and is delivered in cardboard rather than plastic. This is the same for all of the products you as a guest are likely to use.
We are also phasing out the soap dispensers we currently use that utilise a plastic bladder, in favour of a refillable option that does not need a bladder. Individually wrapped soaps are being converted to cardboard packaged variety, tea/coffee/hot chocolate brands have been changed to either bulk items, or individually-wrapped paper varieties, and UHT milks have been replaced with the larger cardboard variety – so you get a perfect coffee without unnecessarily adding packaging to landfill.
And Finally, recycling goes a long way to conserving the planet – We do our best to do so by providing recycling-specific, bagless, bins on the premises for glass, plastics and paper.
We do need your help though! So if you’re staying with us, please, please, please, dispose of your recycling and rubbish thoughtfully and turn your power points and lights off when not in use. We only have one planet, and our joint efforts can help reduce our impact and keep it beautiful for the generations of visitors to come!