Soneva Fushi by Six Senses has officially inaugurated
Eco Centro, a project that converts the waste generated by the resort
operation, into wealth.
Eco Centro is an integrated waste management
site, designed to use Permaculture principles to create a working
environmental education model for recycling waste to wealth and
the sustainable use of water, energy, land and localization.
concept of WELL (Water, Energy, Land, & Localization), is based on
the principle that by localizing the water supply, energy
production and land needs can vastly reduce wastage, food miles
and carbon pumped into the atmosphere.
Through Eco Centro,
nearly 80% of waste generated from the operation is converted into
good use. Presently, all woody waste (Bio Mass) is converted to
charcoal for use in the kitchens, and Bio-char, a soil nutrient
through a process known as Pyrolysis.
A further upgrade of the
system with the addition of a wood gasification unit planned for
next year will generate enough electricity to provide power to the
organic restaurant and Cinema Paradiso.
waste is converted to Bio-gas and liquid fertilizer for use in the
gardens through a sub-surface irrigation system. All cardboard and
paper generated from the offices is used in making compost for the
gardens, and are also shared with surrounding islands. Inorganic
matters, such as glass bottles, are crushed and used in
construction and making decorative furniture such as table tops.
Eco Centro also displays how food can be grown in small
spaces. It is designed to maximize the output of food from the
waste coming into Eco Centro. The Mandela Garden at Eco Centro is
used to grow culinary, medicinal and insect- repellant herbs and
plants that can be used in the resort operation. Bamboo is used as
a biomass mop crop, as it is known for retaining nutrients and
absorbing atmospheric carbon. An Environmental Green Garden is
used to grow vegetables and farm fish by collecting rain water
from the roofs in the garden.
Eco Centro is yet another
example of benchmarks created by Soneva Fushi in its mission to
create innovative and enlightening experiences that rejuvenate a
guests’ SLOW LIFE (Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wholesome
Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences). It also contributes to
achieving the resort’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2010.
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