Trying to keep our beautiful resort as green and environmentally sustainable as possible is not a small task. We are constantly trying to identify areas in our operations where we can reduce emissions, plastic, water and non-renewable energy. It’s a never ending process. When new technologies develop and become available in Indonesia, areas we previously thought we couldn’t improve on, we suddenly can. We are constantly researching new green innovations, revising our methods and implementing changes.
We firmly believe that sustainability encompasses more that just environmental issues and we work alongside our local villages to find economically sustainable options which empower all members of the community, through education and providing practical and workable solutions, regardless of age, gender and ethnicity.
We believe that actions speak louder than words so here are some of the sustainable steps and projects which we have undertaken – and continue to take on a daily basis at Lembeh Resort.
We don’t just accept things as they are, instead we demand certain criteria are met by our suppliers and these include, no individually plastic wrapped items, a reduction in all plastic packaging, no plastic bags, locally grown produce and locally manufactured goods. If we have to import items we opt for local importers so that we can continue to support our local communities and businesses. Our extra virgin coconut oil is produced right here on Lembeh Island.
Across all of our internal operations we impose on ourselves the same stringent criteria regarding plastic which we expect from our suppliers. We use glass straws instead of plastic straws, we do not use Styrofoam lunch boxes, plastic bags or excess packaging. We buy in bulk to reduce packaging and we use traditional methods of wrapping including banana leaves for gifts. Within our gift shop, we sell only products produced in Indonesia and we are working towards a sustainable range of toiletries which currently includes bamboo tooth brushes and palm oil free soaps. All toiletries provided in our accommodations and products in our spa are also palm oil free.
Our luxury cottages are the result of extensive research into how we could develop sustainable accommodation while maintaining our high standards of luxury and comfort. The cottages combine modern energy saving technology and green materials with traditional flair; AC efficiency has increased, water collection and solar water heating systems are in place and our new faucets reduce unnecessary water waste. Energy efficiency has been carefully considered to minimize our carbon footprint.
Educating Future Generations
In keeping with our founder’s belief that education should be made available for all children in Indonesia, Lembeh Resort provides school supplies, back packs and school uniforms annually to children who’s families are in need. On average we support 60 – 80 children each year from two different villages.
Lembeh Resort and Dive Center Staff take part in regular cleanups organized through Lembeh Foundation and our Dive Guides are committed to collecting marine debris independently. Mesh bags are available for guests to use any time they wish to do so.
Our staff have embraced the concept of sustainability outside of Lembeh Resort and all staff parties and fun days are now plastic cup and plastic wrap free. Many of our team our actively spreading the word about the importance of sustainability to their families, social groups and communities.
At Lembeh Resort we recognize that people are our single biggest and most important resource. We believe in and uphold workers’ rights, fair salaries and annual leave, training, professional development and equality.
Lembeh Resort is committed to the United Nations Clean Sea Campaign and has pledged to uphold Clean Sea principles in all operations; we are a member of Longitude 181 and host regular guest presentations promoting responsible and sustainable tourism.
The Lembeh Foundation
Lembeh Resort is the founding Resort member of the Lembeh Foundation. The Lembeh Foundation is an independent registered Indonesian charitable organization which is working along side local communities on Lembeh Island to provide environmental and economically sustainable solutions to waste management. The core aims of the Lembeh Foundation are to reduce plastic waste, provide education and economic benefits while improving the health and sustainability of local communities.
Lembeh Foundation is currently focusing on two major projects; a trash bank and associated “Funplastic” pilot initiative, and the construction and creation of a green library learning center.
If you would like more information about any of our sustainability initiatives; would like to make a donation to the Lembeh Foundation or would like to get involved as a volunteer, please contact us at: [email protected]
A type of fishing commonly used by local fishermen in Lembeh Island. This ancient fishing method utilises a single baited hook and is one of the most sustainable methods of fishing available today.
Cleaning up the Strait
Smooth sailing on the way to one of our adopted beaches to conduct our weekly beach-cleanups.
Colors of Pintu Kota
Our neighbouring villages of Pintu Kota Besar and Pintu Kota Kecil are filled with small but colourful houses. The people of Lembeh are incredibly proud of their heritage and we do what we can to protect it for future generations to come.
Visit LembehFoundation.com to find more information on how you can become a volunteer too.
The Generation of tomorrow
Education is key to a future which preserves and protects nature.
17.500 islands make up the nation of Indonesia, a vast amount of these islands are still unaffected by heavy industry. These communities live with minuscule carbon footprints.