Checking sustainable ecological practice from energy and water to waste, transport and construction

Good ecological practice is a core underpinning strand of the PUG Mark. We cover energy conservation, renewable energy and availability of bikes and eco-friendly transport. Water management is another key area from monitoring consumption and water saving measures such as dual low flush toilets, to safe recycling and rainwater harvesting. The preservation of natural and cultural surroundings, the proportion of the site built on, use of locally produced materials for construction rather than cemented areas, and natural light and ventilation in design are reviewed. We also encourage segregation and safe disposal of waste, recycling, composting, and the purchase of goods, or initiatives such as reverse osmosis to produce safe drinking water, which reduce plastic and packaging. Local produce, fair trade and eco-friendly goods are encouraged. Lodges or resorts with their own kitchen gardens are awarded extra points! Help play your role and minimise water and energy consumption where possible.

Tourism and Conservation?
Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, harvests approximately 1,440,000 litres of rainwater each season
Tourism and Conservation?
Cottage at Red Earth Kabini made with Rammed Earth, a forgotten local technique reintroduced
 
Tourism and Conservation?
Solar panels and a windmill meet all Dhole’s Den’s energy requirements apart from its water pump.
Tourism and Conservation?
Substantial kitchen garden at Chivan Jungle Lodge, Kanha, providing fresh produce
 
Tourism and Conservation?
Junglemantra, ‘Going global – staying local’ initiative: at least 90% of food served has travelled less than 10 miles from plot to plate
Tourism and Conservation?
Organic soap prepared from reetha (fruit) on site at Jim’s Jungle Retreat, Corbett
 
Tourism and Conservation?
Root Zone treatment at Aahana The Corbett Wilderness, the largest of its kind in Asia cleaning waste water for reuse on the land
Tourism and Conservation?
Colour coded bags for segregating waste at source at Orange County, Kabini for recycling (dry waste) and a biogas plant and piggery (food waste)
 
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Large vermicomposing pit at Homestead, Corbett, using worms to turn food waste into compost
 

Please note:

The examples given are only some of many good examples across PUG eco-rated lodges. Not all aspects illustrated will be covered by every lodge. Please check examples such as arts activities and educational programmes are still current before you visit.

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