Aloe Guesthouse Pretoria is an eight bedroom property providing accommodation and meals to visitors in the northern Pretoria area.
In order to promote good environmental practices and awareness at all levels of the business, from owners to guests, we will endeavour to minimise the impact our operations have on the environment as follows:
- To identify and regularly monitor the significant environmental impacts of our activities.
- To prevent pollution and minimise waste, reducing our use of utilities so as to conserve natural resources and reduce outputs of emissions to the atmosphere, whilst maintaining the comfort and safety of our guests.
- To recycle, re-use or recover materials wherever practicable.
- To comply with all relevant legislation and other requirements relating to our significant environmental impacts.
- To develop and increase responsible purchasing methods to include the sourcing of environmentally friendly products and locally produced goods, whilst promoting and encouraging suppliers and clients in developing responsible behaviour with regard to the environment.
- To actively promote environmental awareness within the guest house and to guests, in order to enable the use of products and services in an environmentally sensitive way.
- To communicate, co-operate and respond to the views of interested parties, including customers and the general public, on environmental issues where this is practicable and likely to result in an improvement of environmental performance.
- To strive for continual improvement in overall environmental performance.
Some practical examples of our environmental actions:
- Our water is heated by Suntank solar panels systems.
- We use low-energy equivalent light bulbs (LED) where suitable. Outside lighting is controlled by day night switches. Night light is supplied in common areas with 2W LED lights.
- We recycle our plant material waste from cooking and morning fruit salads in our homemade compost bin and the end product compost is used in our vegetable garden.
- We are in the process of converting the garden to indigenous water wise plants such as aloes, succulents and local grasses.
- We close our swimming pool during winter with a cover to conserve water, electricity and chemicals.
- Glass, paper, tins, cardboard and plastic bottles are all recycled with the use of labelled bins and local recycle services. Office paper and envelopes are reused where possible and printer cartridges recycled.
- When electrical appliances are replaced we do so with low energy rated products.
- Soap and shower gel is provided in refillable containers.
- The use of cleaning agents is minimised by the use of microfiber cloths.