The lodge actively takes extraordinary measures toward sustainable and low-impact efforts. Much of the site construction, alone, serves as an exhibition of innovative and deeply thoughtful design. These are the lodge’s primary suites, which are not only beautiful, but use creative structure re-use as well.
Each room is made from a single reclaimed shipping container, which can be seen clearly in the last image. Several other buildings at the lodge can be seen using the same feature, as well as utilizing old blue jean pants within the walls as insulation material.
We gather and crush glass bottles into the size and shapes of sand and gravel, in order to utilize the pieces as an aggregate in cement for paving the resort and other construction purposes. Not only does this serve to recycle materials and save on resources, the glass pieces offer a hint of shine to the concrete.
Based on the reuse of materials, we use and develop various art techniques in our workshop. Currently much of the creation is focused on mosaics, diverse products of molten glass, and natural fibers. The products coming from the atelier are displayed for sale in our store of sustainable products, and are also used in the decoration and functional parts of the inn, making each environment unique and full of personality.
A new space has also been creatively built with recycled and reused materials that combines mosaics, bottle walls, and demolition pieces integrated into the rustic and cozy ambiance. The mosaic is an organic part of the El Nagual Reserve, practiced as a strategy of recycling in the construction. Today it is possible to find several mosaics in all corners of our facilities, in the same way a great variety of products are made with equally diverse techniques.
While waiting in line at the post office, I noticed these post-consumer waste packaging options. There were many, and in researching them, I also learned how much effort the USPS was putting into sustainability through its website :
When moving to your first home or apartment, there are a lot of good finds around thrift and reuse stores when looking for furniture or other home items. The majority of my apartment furniture is reused, whether from Goodwill stores or friends in the area. They are all very good quality pieces and have a great style too, while being much easier on my budget! Definitely recommended to those in need of things for the home.
The lodge exhibits a variety of clever construction and building methods. In addition to the guest suites, much of the site areas and buildings are creatively housed within reused shipping containers- though you would never be able to tell from the beautifully designed interiors.
Again, the use of blue jean pants as insulation material is also characteristic of the unique construction. This lodge has created a truly enchanting, admirable, and serene space for all who come to visit.
When we moved, we went to a few local stores to ask for any extra used boxes they may have, for us to pack with. Our Kroger told us the best time to come for boxes, and let us choose from a large selection in the back. Some of the boxes also had some thick packaging paper.
A liquor store would also put out its used boxes for people to take, and some had special cardboard separators that we were able to use for fragile glass and kitchen items.
Our city has a ‘Cigarette Litter Prevention Program’, and has posted these small canisters in many areas in order to collect used cigarettes. Not only does this help to keep the streets clean, but it also serves to benefit the connected recycling process. While the cigarette butts are small, the organization has seen that their total accumulation is significant, and can be used to recycle into ‘plastic industrial products’.
Our camp uses a biofiltration system to allow for the treatment and reuse of wastewater from the bath, including showers and toilets. The system is comprised of a bioreactor and 5 layers set for water filtration, including a layer of California worms. As with our composting toilets, bioreactors use microorganisms to degrade pollutants biologically, and thus release water that is safe to be placed back in the soil.
We actively unite sustainable ventures with artful creation around many areas of our reserve. These are some of our bottle walls, which not only serve to repurpose glass bottles, but offer a beautiful array of colors to the rooms when reflecting the incoming natural light.
We noticed during lunch that these gorgeous tables we were sitting at were made with wood from reclaimed bowling lanes. They were very soft, beautiful, and had an overall good-quality feel. Very impressive pieces- and what a great use.
The lodge uses a number of reclaimed water troughs around the site, as large planters for a variety of flowers and plants. They fit in well with the surroundings, and create the aspect of raised flower beds.
This is one of the nice reusable bags we had received at a local store, after legislation regulating plastic use was enacted in Colombia in 2016. Due to the large amount of plastic waste ending up in surrounding water bodies, Colombia has banned all plastic bags smaller than 30×30 cm, and placed a small charge on others that can still be purchased in stores (with a plan set to increase the tax each year until 2020).
By the middle of 2018, this initiative had served to decrease plastic bag consumption by 35%, and raised around $4 million in taxes [see articles below]. Success from these efforts is spurring other similar initiatives and will hopefully continue to drive progress toward mitigating damage from plastic moving on.
More on Colombia’s Plastic Initiatives:
This lodge uses an extraordinary amount of reclaimed materials in its construction. Seen here are some of the sample builds, displaying the incorporation of reclaimed barn wood and tin roofs into the base designs. As with many of the other site features, this provides for a wonderfully rustic and raw accent to the grounds.
After seeing all of the suggestions for utilizing Christmas trees after the holidays, our family set the tree in our backyard and crafted a variety of treats for birds to hang as ornaments. In addition to helping provide the birds with some extra protein and nourishment in the wintertime, the tree offers a small amount of additional shelter, and extra material for building nests.
For the ornaments, we made:
– Pine cones covered in peanut butter and dipped in birdseed
– Strings of apple and orange slices
– A hanging apple bowl with birdseed and fruit chunks
– Suet chunks covered in extra birdseed (YUM)
– Hanging Spanish moss as tinsel (for extra nesting material)