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Putting the "eco" in EcoCamp - What makes our Lodge Sustainable?

You may have noticed that we here at Cascada and Ecocamp are a bit obsessed with being environmentally friendly, but can you blame us? When you live and work in one of the most beautiful parks of the world, you must take care of it. To emphasize what we do at EcoCamp in Patagonia to be sustainable, here are the top ten principles that make EcoCamp an eco-friendly lodge:

  1. Conservation is central to the philosophy driving our operations, and we have been certified as complying with the highest international standards of environmental management, such as ISO14001.   
     
  2. 98% of the electricity is generated from either solar panels or two hydraulic turbines. Also in 2008, Ecocamp became a Carbon Neutral company with the aim of minimising CO2 emissions as far as possible and offsetting any emissions it couldn’t avoid.

    Solar Panels in Ecocamp
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  3. Ecocamp separates black water (from the WC) and gray water (sinks, showers and dishwater). The black water is treated through compost machines which result in compost. The gray water is only used as a biodegradable product. Read all you've ever wanted to know about how composting toilets work, but were afraid to ask!
     
  4. Ecocamp has been gathering statistical information on waste since 2006, allowing the camp to take appropriate measures to change habits and packaging and ultimately allow the camp to be the most environmentally friendly as possible. For you visual learners out there, the following graph represents the amount of waste produced per person per day in various countries, as well as at EcoCamp. We are separating and weighing trash into the following categories: contaminated organics, organic vegetable waste, inorganic waste, and glass, cardboard and paper, and cans to be recycled. [Source:  www.responsiblehotels.travel]



    Waste per person
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    Avarage daily trash per day
     
  5. 95% of Ecocamp is on stilts so it can be moved easily if ever needed as it is a faster and less permanent option than constructing with concrete - as was proven in 2005 when EcoCamp moved to Estancia Cerro Paine at the foot of the Towers without leaving a trace.
     
  6. Construction of the Domes
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    EcoCamp Patagonia works with the local community to create jobs and help with projects that are socially and environmentally beneficial.

     
  7. Ecocamp looks for local providers and deals with fair commerce fisherman, farmers, and ranchers, and gives priority to local businesses over providers outside of the region.
     
  8. Water consumption is 30% less than the average amount used by a hotel or residence. The following graph shows the amount of water used in cubic meters per person at EcoCamp compared to four different sizes of hotels as well as the average 4 person household. [Source: www.responsiblehotels.travel]

    Water usage by residence type
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    Avarage water consumption per day



     

  9. Electrical consumption is 80% less than the average amount used by a hotel or similar residence. [Source: www.responsiblehotels.travel]
     
  10. We never stop improving, e.g. in 2012/13 consumption of liquid petroleum gas was reduced by 15% due to EcoCamp's two solar thermal panels
 
So there you have it. We hope you enjoy learning about our sustainability measures as much as we enjoy implementing them! Read all about our Green Ethos and more!