Every Six Senses property now runs an Earth Lab, and we’re inviting our guests to stop by, join in our activities and participate with us in reaching our sustainability goals.
A visit to Six Senses would not be complete without visiting Earth Lab. It’s a place to learn, grow and reconnect with the natural world. Named Earth to celebrate our home and source of all life, and Lab for experimentation, innovation and exploration, this is a place where we showcase our sustainability efforts.
Six Senses has adopted a philosophy of Zero Waste, producing materials and upcycling on site to reduce transportation-related impacts. We also communicate work happening off site, for example marine conservation, forest restoration and community development.
Earth Lab topics and activities include:
- Water is bottled on site, eliminating the transportation impacts and use of plastic water bottles
- Alternatives to plastic straws are produced including paper, bamboo and lemongrass
- Natural insecticides are distilled from plants and used as an organic alternative to chemical sprays
- Biologically active cleaning solutions are grown in batches and used to replace chemical cleaners
- Free range chickens produce organic eggs
- Goats process landscaping waste and produce milk
- Food waste is composted and used to fuel our extensive organic gardens
- Fruits and vegetables are harvested from our organic gardens to provide fresh and healthy meals for guests
- Bees are kept for honey and to pollinate local crops
- Glass (where recycling is not available) is crushed and upcycled into flower pots, paving stones and light fixtures
- Renewable energy is produced from solar and biomass
- Plants are harvested and oils freshly extracted for spa treatments
- Seeds are harvested, kept in a seed bank and made available for guests to take and grow organic at home
- DIY videos are produced and shared online; guests can join workshops
- Local community members are invited to learn and share traditional knowledge
“We are delighted to launch Earth Lab,” said Bernhard Bohnenberger, president of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. “Each facility represents the seriousness we place on sustainability and the importance of working locally and with nearby communities to tread lightly on the environment and respect Mother Nature.”