At Makarora Homestead we are committed to the implementation of measures to help protect and sustain the environment for future generations. We recognise the impact of our operation on the environment around us and try to minimise that impact. As a result we have implemented the following sustainability policy.
- ‘Buy local’ where possible to minimise environmental impact of purchased goods.
- Not only select product on price and quality but also criteria such as sustainability, ethical practices, reliability, workplace safety and health supplies.
- Select 'where possible' suppliers and contractors who are environmentally aware.
- Comply with all relevant environmental legislation as a minimum standard, and take a proactive approach to future requirements and obligations.
- Seek to conserve natural resources through the responsible use of energy, water and materials whilst also maintaining the quality of service expected by our guests.
- Monitor performance and aim for continued improvement by reducing, re-using, and recycling in areas such as energy consumption, reduction of waste materials and water consumption.
- Ensure that employees at all levels are aware of the potential environmental effects of their activities and the benefits of improved environmental performance.
- We are also working towards becoming a carbon neutral organisation.
- Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products where possible
- Active participation by all staff members in environmentally sound community projects at least annually
We are implementing our policy by:
v Cans, cardboard, glass, paper, plastic.
v Food waste is fed to our pigs & chickens and non-food organic waste is composted
v Monitoring gas and electricity consumption on an on-going basis.
v Move to low-energy light bulbs (as old bulbs expire)
v Timer controlled heating
v Re-use towels on guest request.
v When replacing worn-out appliances we change to energy-efficient models.
v Water consumption by installation of dual-flush system in toilets.
v Waste packaging by the purchase of items in bulk where possible – especially guest amenities
v Planting of trees and shrubs to create natural habitats for wildlife
v Trapping pests to promote birdlife expansion