Daintree Ecolodge - ecoBiz case study

Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa 2

EcoBiz Star Partner 20 21 WWE CMYKFind out how our ecoBiz Star Partner Daintree Ecolodge (an accommodation provider in the Daintree Rainforest) reduced their waste, energy and water use. 

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Daintree Ecolodge offers sustainable luxury accommodation in the World-Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. The tropical rainforest retreat manages 15 eco-friendly treehouses, a bar, a restaurant and dining area, a swimming pool and a spa.

Daintree Ecolodge is proud to be an ecoBiz partner because we are aligned in the Ethos of protecting our planet and reducing our carbon footprint ethically and cohesively within our natural environment. ecoBiz continue to provide support and resources to ensure we are up to date with best practices and knowledge." Rena Scott, General Manager

Key initiatives to reduce energy use

  • The lodge is partially powered by solar panels.
  • Energy use from lighting is reduced as LED lighting has been retrofitted and garden lights use motion sensors.
  • There is no need for air conditioning in the reception and restaurant areas as natural ventilation has been optimised to keep these areas cool. To reduce air conditioning in guest rooms, they set it up at 25°and have installed fans for guests to use.
  • Energy-efficient refrigeration units have replaced the cold room.
  • Gas hot water systems have replaced electric hot water systems.

Key initiatives to reduce water use

  • Tanks on the roof of the spa allow the lodge to collect and reuse rainwater.
  • The retreat has reduced water use in the bathrooms by installing dual-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads and taps.
  • They reuse wastewater for irrigation thanks to their BioCyclewastewater treatment system.

Key initiatives to reduce waste

  • There is no single-use plastic in guest rooms or single guest use items e.g. bars of soap have been replaced by a liquid soap dispenser.
  • All food scraps are composted.

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