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Simple Steps to Sustainability 2

Today, I want to look at three more areas, where you can improve the sustainability of your tourism enterprise or activities. Again, I’m trying to stick to basic and easy to implement steps. Today’s topics are :

1. Camping.

2. Lighting.

3. Composting.

Camping –

When adventuring outdoors, in areas of low tourism numbers and where there is no established campsite, try to follow these guidelines. First, do try to set up your tent in a spot where somebody already has done so. Why ? Because that area has already been somewhat ‘damaged’, perhaps with a burnt out spot where a fire had been lit. By using the same spot, you will not cause further unwanted damage to other areas which have remained pretty much pristine. If there is no such place and you simply cannot see any remains of previous campsites (lucky you !) then choose a place where the ground is durable, or tough and can take the pitching of your tent, without being impacted upon.

Try to light your fire by using a fire blanket covered in loose stones or pebbles some 10 cm deep, on top of which you then place your sticks. Avoid burning fires straight on the ground. Do not break branches from living trees and vegetation. Collect drift wood, twigs and dead leaves from the environment around you. Be very careful with fires.

Lighting –

LED bulbs use much less energy.

LED bulbs use much less energy.

Replace used standard bulbs with either CFL or, preferably, LED low-energy alternatives.

Your tourism establishment possibly burns quite a number of bulbs during the season. The higher cost per unit of these low-energy bulbs is quickly recovered by their much lower energy consumption when in use. One word of warning though : I do not recommend you change to either of these types of bulb for the work area in your kitchen. You need the superior bright light of standard bulbs to cut those carrots, rather than your fingers. But everywhere else, make that switch.

Composting –

Composting is not only a sustainable way of treating your non-cooked food waste – it is also fun.

Composting is great for your vegetable garden.

Composting is great for your vegetable garden.

Place your composter in partial sun. Too much sun makes the compost too dry and slow to deteriorate, while too little also slows down the process. Mix your ‘browns’ with your ‘greens’. Examples of browns would be shredded newspapers, egg boxes, dead leaves, bits of cardboard, etc. Use a good strong stick to mix up the compost regularly (I use a broken hurl). Do throw in things like avocado skins, egg shells and citrus fruit peels, but know they won’t break down entirely or as quickly as your regular apple cores, broccoli bits, tomato parts and so on.

If you build your own compost heap, by using pallets, then be sure to cover the heap with an old carpet, to keep it warm, as well as some black plastic , to keep it dry.

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