Eco-certified accommodation in the Daintree
Looking for eco-certified accommodation in the Daintree?
Rainforest Hideaway B&B is a self-certified eco lodge.
Over the years your host has grown more and more skeptic about eco-certification and he is not the only one. There is too much eco-BS around.
What does it mean if someone displays the eco-certification logo of Ecotourism Australia on their website or advertising?
It means they have paid their application fee, and they paid their annual fee to Ecotourism Australia, and they have ticked the right boxes on the form.
Early 2014 a monstrosity of a concrete house was completed in Cape Tribulation, the amount of energy and resources gone in to this impractical structure was staggering, but it was widely advertised in the media as green, carbon-neutral and self-sufficient because it catches rainwater off the roof, and because it has some solar panels to reduce the running hours of the big generator. Total nonsense. Hypocritical greenwash.
Over the years I have known of eco-certified accommodation who run
air-conditioners on a diesel generator all year even through the winter,
eco-certified tour operators who lost their licence for speeding, I
have witnesses another eco-certified tour operator blast through the
Daintree at at least 100km/hour at night when animals often cross the
road, I know someone who owns an eco tourism facility who continuously
keeps nominating for eco-awards but drives a Porsche instead of a Smart
car, and when you talk to most of these people in private they admit
that they think it is all BS but they don't mind paying just to have
the eco logo on their site expecting it will boost business.
Displaying their eco certification logo only means they have paid their fees, not that they are genuinely interested in being as green as possible, or are even doing much...
At Rainforest Hideaway we don't join in hypocritical games like this, we do our own thing and consider ourself to be green enough to self-certify as eco-friendly.
- A absolute minimum of forest has been cleared to fit Rainforest
Hideaway in to the jungle, not like some other places that are now somewhere
near the forest.
- Rainforest Hideaway has the smallest generator of all resorts and only run this for a maximum of six hours a day on average to supplement the solar panels which do not always work too well in a rainforest.
- We harvest the plentiful supply of rainwater that falls in Cape Tribulation. When the generator runs we pump it up to a header tank so gravity provides pressure then that normally has to be supplied by pressure pumps.
- We do not chlorinate the drinking water or treat it with any other chemicals or treatments that require electricity, we use a dual cartridge water filter of ceramic and carbon cartridge to deliver pure clean drinking water, gravity fed from the tank.
- Every guest is encouraged to refill their plastic water bottles from our water filter instead of disposing of bottles and then going to the shop to buy new ones. Nothing more stupid than being in a rainforest with plentiful supply of clean drinking water, and then buying water that got trucked up all the way from Brisbane. Did you know that the amount of energy that goes in to producing a plastic bottle of drinking water and getting it to you equates to 30% of this bottle filled with oil?
- We obtain the exotic fruits for the breakfast as much as possible from the local fruit farms, we follow the principle that everyone should eat as much local food as possible to reduce the carbon foot print of food.
- We try to grow as much fruit as we can ourselves, on the property we have pineapples, bananas, passionfruit, water cherries, and other fruit trees include mango, jackfruit, lychee, mangosteen, durian, rambutan, and chocolate pudding fruit.
- Our laundry is done in Cape Tribulation, and not in Cairns like many resorts do, as we can't see the point of the sheets having to be driven a 300 km. round trip while there is so much water in Cape Trib to wash them.
- No air-conditioners, hair-dryers, microwaves, and other big power guzzlers.
- All building are designed to let natural airflow do the cooling, and skylights let the daylight in.
- Natural local materials are used where ever possible as building supplies.
- We recycle all recyclables and do a run to the dump only once every two or three months.
- Frogs are an indicator of the state of environment, and they are very happy around Rainforest Hideaway, people have even complained on Tripadvisor about the sound of the numerous frogs at night. Further proof of how well Rainforest Hideaway blends in to the natural environment without disturbance comes from the cassowaries who feel very much at around Rainforest Hideaway, so much they mated on the back door step in 2012!
- Your host actively campaigns and lobbies politicians to change the electricity situation from dirty generators to a cleaner electricity grid same as the rest of Australia enjoys.
W hen succesful this will save a massive amount of pollution, now three million litres of fuel is burned in the Daintree every year by residents and resorts.
- Another definition of eco-tourism is to spend your money to support local population instead of outside multi-national companies. You can do this by BOOKING DIRECT WITH US instead of going through Tripadvisor, Booking.com, Agoda or any other worldwide site that demands 12 to 30% commission. The worldwide push to monopolize accommodation bookings takes income away from hard working hotel owners and drives up the price of your room everywhere.