>> SOCIAL BENEFITS - Supporting the Local Economy
- Gili Eco Villas employs 10-12 local staff members to handle the operations of the villas.
• Natural Soapsy
– All natural soaps are provided in each bathroom which are locally handmade and sourced from Bali Buddha.
• Gili Eco Trusty
– The local nonprofit creates biorock structures that lie directly off the beach around the island. Biorocks are steel structures that stimulate coral growth with the use of a low-voltage electric current. The Gili islands are now home to 37 Biorocks and the Villas support this program.
>> ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS – Protecting the Island
• Alternative Energy
- The Villas are committed to being completely “off the grid” and have invested in alternative energy solutions – including wind turbines and solar panels. The Villas also feature a combination of energy saving CFLs or compact fluorescent lightbulbs and LED systems which use 1/3 less energy of traditional incandescent lightbulbs.
• Transportation - Car Free Zone
– Gili Island has small dirt roads which serve as the main arteries across the island and transport is possible by horse-drawn carriages called “Chidomos” or bicycles. The Villas provides bicycles as a courtesy for guests to use during their stay. Most restaurants, dive spots, and entertainment can be found within a 15 minute walk from the villas.
• Sustainable Construction
- More than 80% of each villa was constructed out of recycled teak wood that was sourced locally (within a 500 mile radius per LEED green building standards). Bamboo is used as one of the major building materials in the villas. Bamboo is a renewable resource and the fastest growing woody plant on the planet. You will see bamboo in the perimeter fence, the ceilings, and the greenhouse. Each villa was designed with a fully stocked kitchen allowing you to enjoy meals on china vs. disposable plates and silverware.
• Waste Diversion
- The goal for the Villas is to minimize waste being sent to the local landfill on the island. The following systems are in place to manage waste:
- Collection System – Each villa has a 3-bin system to collect: organic (food waste), recyclables and non-organic.
- Compost – All organic waste is collected for the compost pile which creates fertilizer and top soil for the on-site greenhouse.
- BioSeptic Tanks – Each villa is connected to a BioSeptic tank which is a compact sewage treatment plant that safely processes all household wastewater and recycles it as clear odourless water to irrigate the garden. The wastewater is treated and recycled on-site rather than sending it out to the sewers or ocean.
• Water Conservation
- Gili is an island with limited access to fresh water (most water in the hotels is brought in on boats from the nearby island of Lombok). In order to conserve water usage, we encourage guests to be mindful and have implemented these systems in the Villas:
- Dual-flush Toilets – All of the toilets in the Villas feature dual-flush in order to promote water conservation as these models use more than 25% less water. One button uses a minimal amount of water to flush and the other button uses more water as required.
- Rainwater Tanks – There are rainwater capture tanks placed throughout the property to collect and store water from heavy rains. This water is used for landscaping and other uses.
- The Greenhouse will grow plants for landscaping and organic fruits and vegetables to be served in our kitchen. The Greenhouse is being constructed of bamboo with a system of bamboo shoots designed specifically for seed germination and plant growth.
• Sustainable Sourcing
– In addition to the natural soaps found in the bathroom, the staff at the Villas makes natural non-toxic cleaning products and detergents. These products are safe for the bioseptic system and do not include any petroleum based products