Babel's guesthouse is doing a lot to reduce its waste, including:
~Replacing plastic straws with reusable Bamboo straws in the restaurant. In this way, Babel saves the Cambodian countryside around 13.200 plastic straws a year! The eco-friendly bamboo straws are made by a local family who makes a living out of growing Bamboo on their land.
~ Providing reusable water bottles. 4.6 million plastic bottles ends up in the Cambodian countryside MONTHLY as a result of tourism. Babel is trying best to reduce this number and sell refillable water bottles at Babel Guesthouse. They can be refilled anytime you want in Babel, for free. Babel is part of the Refill Not Landfill campaign, so anyone with bottles from this campaign can refill their bottles at Babel for free.
~ Replacing plastic bags in Babel with biodegradable bags from Cleanbodia. Also, our take away boxes and take away cutlery are all biodegradable.
~Giving food waste to the pigs at a local farm.
~ Delivering all used soft plastic to HUSK Cambodia – an amazing project who makes walls for houses out of plastic bottles filled with soft plastic. Babel is also donating plastic bags to Rehash Trash, which is an amazing organisation making bags, coaters and other items by netting the bags.
~Changing its soaps covered in plastic with soap-dispensers in every room.
~Using green linen bags from HUSK to do grocery shopping and refusing to take plastic bags from the food delivery. They now deliver all the vegetables together in a big bag.
~Donating used cooking oil to Naga Earth, who produce bio diesel from it, that is used in Babel's generator.
~Participating to garbage picking events. Babel arrange regular educational garbage picking events for groups from all over the world, but also together with the staff and Tuk Tuk drivers at Babel, and local staff at other hotels, bars and restaurants.