RESPONSIBLE USE OF RESOURCESFlorblanca Sustainability
Responsible Use of Resources
We have a Solid Waste Management Plan as established by the Law for Integrated Waste Management in Costa Rica (http://www.ley8839.go.cr).
We actively participate and promote the Recycling Program of the Local Municipality and private waste management business, which allows us to adequately dispose of the majority of our recyclables.
Our organic wastes are used in the production of compost and vermicompost, which is in turn used to enrich the soil of our gardens.
The oil used in the kitchen is collected by a local transportation company that produces its own fuel for it vehicles (http://www.lostransportadores.net/EcoFleet).
All of our paper is unbleached, recycled paper or made with sugar cane bagasse. The office paper produced in the administrative areas is used on both sides. We minimized printing documents by communicating between departments through technologies such as smart phones and the internal database available to workers.
Rechargeable batteries are used in devices that need them, thus avoiding the use of disposable batteries.
We are using biodegradable cleaning products and reusable containers for soap, shampoo and rinse throughout the hotel.
Daily at Florblanca, we take detailed data on the amount of resources used. We analyze and study the monthly use of water and electricity, and have been able to achieve a reduction in consumption of at least 30%.
UV lamps were installed to purify the water at Florblanca. With this system, all taps (including sinks and showers) have clean drinking water.
The Bio-filter installed in front of the restaurant allows us to process and clean all wastewater from the Restaurant, which is 25% of the total consumption of the Hotel.
In 2012, the second stage of the System of Treatment Wastewater was implemented, through biological filtration, which processes 50% of our wastewater. We hope to continue with a third stage to enable the processing of the remaining 25%.
The new irrigation system allows us to reuse the treated water in our gardens, thus avoiding the use of drinking water in landscaping. We have special devices to reduce water use in every bathroom.
Our kitchen faucets have pressure regulators to reduce water consumption.
We encourage our guests and visitors to cooperate with the proper use of resources through our internal campaign signage in villas and common areas.
All villas and our restaurant offer an infrastructure that invites guests and employees to enjoy the natural light.
Solatube technology was installed on many office roofs to lighten the spaces with natural light.
In addition, we have solar heaters in places of higher consumption as in the Laundry Room and Kitchen.
Bulbs and energy efficient equipment is used throughout the property. We have dimmers in many rooms to manage different light intensities.
New, efficient and eco-friendly A/C equipment have been installed at the resort and they are constantly being upgraded. We also have door devices to reduce the consumption of energy from the A/C in rooms and offices.