Environmental Practices at Anse Chastanet
Anse Chastanet was created with an environmental consciousness at heart long
before this became not only fashionable but a mandatory resort philosophy.
Because we have always adhered to sustainable principles naturally, we find
it hard to make a big buzz about it frankly but here you go:
The following is an overview of our commitment to the environment,
sustainability, best practices and our community efforts, in no particular
order:WATER MANAGEMENT "Water is Life"
A great effort was undertaken to make the water supply independent from
community of Soufriere in order not to burden the community in any fashion
The 1.5 million gallon reservoir in the Anse Mamin valley, dating back to
the 18th century, was restored to serve as a catchment for both rainwater
and river water and is used, via our fresh water treatment station, as fresh
water for the resorts. Water consumption is regularly monitored and recorded
daily to help us instantly identify if we have any leaks or unusual spikes
in consumption not consistent with normal trends.
There is a written water plan with specific usage and savings goals, and the
supplier encourages its employees and customers to participate.
We ensure that all cleaning products in use are non-toxic, non-corrosive,
We enforce strict wastewater discharge practices to minimize impact to the
The following water-saving practices are undertaken:
- Treated greywater reuse for irrigation
- Towel and sheet reuse program
- Rainwater collection and reuse
- No wash-down of large areas
- Composting beach toilets
The resort operates a wastewater treatment plant on-site and treats
waste-water prior to reuse. The final stage is a terraced reed bed that
through a natural process "polishes" the effluent water prior to storage for
use as irrigation water.
The resort prevents the extraction of native flora and fauna. We
consistently maintain natural waterways and have zero removal of trees to
ensure that erosion and runoff are mitigated.
The resort helps manage the protected nearshore area. In fact, the resort
played an instrumental role in the creation and implementation of the
Soufriere Marine Management Authority which has led to the entire nearshore
marine environment to be declared a marine reserve.
Practicing good energy saving behavior is an ongoing activity. We tell our
resort teams that best practices start at home and we encourage them to look
for ways to save energy dollars at home, then bring these good practices to
work.Electricity at Anse Chastanet
*Only natural lighting is used during the day.
* The resort's external and grounds illumination uses all yellow lighting
which does not interfere with the local environment or wild animal behavior.
Yellow lighting is also approved for use in areas where turtles hatch and
will not disorientate turtle hatchlings.
* With the exception of 12 air conditioned units the remainder of our
accommodations are built to take advantage of natural air flow making air
conditioning not necessary.
* Pumping for waste water is limited to a single stage primary lift pump to
start the process; the balance of the treatment is done with gravity flow
systems eliminating the need for additional power consumption.
*Low flush toilets are installed throughout the two resorts with 1.6 gallons
per flush being used on average.
*All shower heads are low flow 2.5 GPM units further reducing our water
* Fish and farm produce are sourced within the community or from our own
farm minimizing fuel usage for transportation and delivery
* Tour routes minimize driving distances
* Vehicles are regularly serviced and maintained
* Fuel-efficient vehicles are purchased, rented or leased
Reduce, Reuse and RECYCLE
We place a strong emphasis on the three R's
* Solid waste reduction is achieved via bulk packaged purchasing and not
seeking to go the easy route of portion-controlled produce or product
purchasing. Through this initiative we have significantly reduced packaging
* Strict guidelines are followed to reduce paper usage, and the resort
encourages its employees and customers to participate.
* The resort provides bulk dispensers for shampoo, soaps etc. in public
* Soap, shampoo, and personal care products ends are put into use in staff
areas and are biodegradable.
* Discarded but still usable towels are altered by a local seamstress into
small hand towels for the public towels.
The following materials are reused / recycled:
* Plates / utensils / glasses
* Organic waste
* Organic waste is composted
GUEST INTERACTION & PARTICIPATION
Our guests are given information about the culture, history, and ecology of
the local region, including local environmental protection efforts and
social and cultural activities.
Information about the resort's sustainability program is provided to
customers, and we actively encourage customers to participate.
Guests are given the opportunity to partake in an environmental activity
such as reef cleaning, beach cleaning and tree planting.
Signs or notices about the resort's conservation and preservation efforts
are clearly written and displayed in our guest rooms and/or common areas.
Customers are encouraged to provide written feedback about the resort's
sustainability program and general resort operations.
Customers are made aware of the resort's charity program and are encouraged
to participate. The resort engaged guests regularly in resort raffles, to
raise funds for specific projects.