Environmental Impact Reduction

It’s one thing to talk the talk, and another to walk the walk. At Bodhi Surf + Yoga, we believe that reducing our individual and company environmental impact is important, both for the act itself and to be positive role models for other people and businesses. This is a category in which we can still improve a great deal, but this challenge serves as motivation. As Oliver Wendell Holmes stated, The work is never done while the power to work remains.

Below are some of the ways we at Bodhi Surf + Yoga endeavor to reduce our environmental.

Inside the lodge

Since we built the Bodhi Lodge from the ground up, we had the opportunity to of incorporate our environmentally-friendly ideas into the layout, design, and construction. Structures are made from pine that has been pressure-treated and are thus impervious to bugs, mold, and other kind of rotting, reducing the amount of necessary maintenance and preventing the need for chemical treatment. The units were built raised off the ground and have large windows and other natural ventilation systems, and along with the materials we chose, the need for air conditioning was eliminated. Within the rooms, we have low-flow toilets and energy-saving light bulbs. We also have solar powered lanterns and walkway lighting. We decided against having any high-energy consuming electronics on our lodge, such as televisions and microwaves.

On the Bodhi property

On the Bodhi property, we make a strong effort to reduce what we throw away by fixing what’s broken, finding new uses for historically unused items, or upcycling; for example, we built benches from reclaimed surfboards. We collect recycling onsite and divide it into glass, metal, plastic, and cardboard for pick up by the municipality. Our gardens are lush and green, helping to absorb water and keep the temperature cool, and we utilize with natural pesticide and employ environmentally-friendly growing and chopping methods. We also have a compost system in place. Finally, we have a custom, plastic and fibreglass-free saline pool that has a low-energy Pentair motor.

Surfing and yoga

Surfing is a fairly low-impact activity on its own, but there are ways that both we and the industry can improve. We use biodegradable, non-toxic wax (either Matunas or Sticky Bumps). We bring our own water cooler, cups, and local fruit in reusable containers to lessons with our guests as to prevent them from utilizing single-use plastics. Yoga is also a very low impact activity. At Bodhi, our yoga studio is raised and open air, providing great natural ventilation and eliminating the need to heat or cool our studio. Our yoga mats, blocks, and straps, are all purchased from Barefoot Yoga, an environmentally-responsible company.

Other ways we limit our impact

With guests

Displayed around the lodge are “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Reinvent, Recycle” signs to raise awareness. Guests are shown how to recycle and compost while on-site, provided with reusable cloth bags to use for store runs, and encouraged to limit their use of single-use plastics. They are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles, and are offered both shower gel and shampoo which we have in refillable dispensers in all of the rooms. Guests are also asked to shut off lights and fans when they leave their rooms, and are provided with the option to rent bicycles instead of renting a car.

Kitchen

All of the ingredients used for meals are purchased in Costa Rica, 80% of it is Costa Rican in origin, and 50% of it is from our local area. We have reduced our single-use plastic consumption in the kitchen, finding alternatives for saran wrap, Ziploc bags, and products that come in plastic, as well as taking our own shopping bags when we go to the grocery store or market. We serve all of our meals buffet-style and share leftovers with staff to limit food waste. We have eliminated our consumption of red meat, and serve vegetarian meals 85% of the time. Anything that cannot be used is either composted or recycled, greatly reducing the amount of waste produced by the kitchen.

Cleaning

The majority of our cleaning products are biodegradable and earth-safe — made by Florex, a Costa Rican company that is also B Corp certified. Instead of daily linen changes, we do a mid-week cleaning that includes fresh linens. We try to limit our use of the dryer, instead opting for the power of the Costa Rican sun. We also minimize our use of water and energy-consuming appliances.

Future

We still have a long way to go! For plans in our immediate future, we are looking to go carbon-neutral, invest in making our lodge solar-powered, and participate in B Corp’s Inclusive Economy challenge, specifically in the climate change mitigation portion. We would also like to invest in a rainwater collection system and to purchase bikes for ourselves and our guests to use!

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY MEASURES

Bodhi is built on an ethos of social and environmental responsibility, and is a tool by which we are forging a better world. Read on to see how we are doing this.

Community programs

Community investments

Environmental awareness

Impact reduction

Global donations

Responsible travel

Certified B Corporation

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