Environment friendly initiatives
This being an ecologically sensitive area, we have taken all initiatives to make sure that the sanctity of the land is respected fully. We have strictly adhered to the building construction code of not exceeding over 2 storey height in this sensitive terrain. We have also used the maximum quantity of materials that are eco-friendly, like antique furniture, to reduce the stress on fresh wood. We are using solar energy as an alternative energy source for heating water in the pool, and for hot water taps. 99% of our light source comes from LED lamps. The rooms are designed such a way that maximum day light is exploited. At night heating is avoided by using wooden floor and ceiling which provides excellent insulation. As a serious initiative to avoid water in plastic bottles, we serve RO treated water prepared in-house in purified, sterilized reusable glass bottles. We use only herbal eco-friendly bathing amenities both in packaging and content. The insect repellent we use both indoors and outdoors are certified non-toxic herbal solution.
As a strict rule, we do not use artificial colors or MSG in any of our cuisines. Our kitchen uses only Olive oil, Rice bran oil, Sunflower oil, or clarified coconut oil. We have taken zero waste initiatives such as potable bio-gas plant, and a sewage treatment plant. Besides, we have started a green garden using only organic farming procedures.
As part of our environment friendly sentiments, our parent company, G-Way farms has acquired a non-agricultural land in the periphery of the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. We have started an afforestation process after researching the nature of the soil, the amount of rainfall this region receives and other environmental factors. The second step was to identify the trees, plants, creepers etc. that are likely to grow in an area such as this which originally used to be a Tropical Dry Evergreen Residual Forest (TDERF).
The Botanical nursery of Auroville Pondicherry is an associate and a supporter of our green efforts. After reviewing our research data, they have sourced the suitable plants and seed links to create a nursery. This process has taken one year. We are now waiting for the rainfall to start the plantation.
We have the hope that initiatives like this will come across as an inspiration and example for the new generation to take up similar projects that could revive forests like this one.
The purpose of a conservation area is to maintain the indigenous flora and fauna of a protected area and allow species to exist and thrive without human interference. Visitors are expected to make a positive impact on the area.
A species requires a balance that ensures availability as well as preservation for the future. The balance needs to protect future populations and the long-term prospects of the local community.
A very important requirement of eco-tourism is to constantly assess whether eco-tourism is helping the area. Tourism should benefit the local people and culture, and can be used as a tool to alleviate poverty. Guests visiting the area should only leave us having learned about the environment and the culture. Local people should be educated in techniques that help preserve their own environment and further their education.
We aim to benefit the local community. It is important to help sustain a healthy environment where both people and nature can thrive. To make this process practical, we educate and train our staff, customers, stake holders and suppliers to:
- Understand and respect local cultures and customs.
- Get involved with local communities as far as possible.
- Buy locally and support local business.
Enhancing Sustainability and Organic Farming
A section of the SpiceTree property will be dedicated to encourage bird visits with appropriate flora, fauna, fruit bearing trees etc. introduced. We also have organic vegetable gardens and other crops like rice cultivated in the valley below with the active participation of the villagers. A guide cum naturalist will be available to accompany the guests to such plantations or farms.
Energy Conservation Efforts
At SpiceTree we stress on eco-friendly and human friendly construction materials, and extensive usage of natural stone sand, wood for walls and floors. The lighting is special with mostly LED usage and warm lighting; a deliberate decision to save energy without having to compromise on the comfort of the guests. The ultimate goal is to reduce the carbon footprint as much as possible. Besides, our water heating system uses a combination of solar and gas, not the conventional storage calorifier. In the process we are continuously making serious efforts to qualify as a green resort.
We have zero tolerance for noise pollution, to help sustain the pristine nature of the environment. The only noise would be the chirping of the birds, and the wind against the leaves. We say an emphatic ‘NO’ to DJs and dance parties.