Suspended above the sweeping plains of the Maasai Mara, it’s easy to reflect on the wonder of the world’s natural gifts. Respecting these environments, celebrating the way of life of the communities that live within them and protecting the wildlife that call them home forms part of the DNA of the 140 staff working at the lodge.
Where zero waste is just a way of life...
A zero waste ethic is just a way of life at Angama Mara and this includes plastic. Guests are able to enjoy water served in stylish glass bottles thanks to the on-site filtration system, miniature plastic amenities have no place in the beautifully appointed bathrooms with toiletries being provided in refillable porcelain dispensers and soap in a cardboard box, guest laundry is delivered in linen bags or on hangars (minus the plastic wrap).
Food is freshly prepared, often from scratch by Angama’s experienced kitchen team, significantly reducing the need for any type of plastic storage and it is always impeccably served in ceramic or glass, even the ketchup! Signature picnic hampers carry sandwiches wrapped with paper and string, not only does this keep the contents fresher for longer it’s a great fit with the stainless-steel tin, cutlery, glass bottles and cotton napkins.
Behind the scenes, staff participate in friendly yet competitive games including how they sort their own trash for recycling. As with any destination or hospitality business, it’s hard to be completely plastic free, but you can make a concerted effort to re-use and recycle if you can’t reduce. Should guests use a plastic bottle, lodge staff are more than happy to recycle it on their behalf through the eco-brick exchange. Eco-bricks are a great way to make a positive impact on the environment and on local communities who can make a living through the construction of raised beds for gardens and play structures for children.
Trying to find hotels who are reducing or eliminating plastic isn’t easy, as owner of Angama Mara, Nicky Fitzgerald told us,
'We don’t make a big song and dance about it, it’s just the right thing to do’. So, it seems that pictures will tell their story.
Take a look through Angama’s website or read the blogs posted by travel writers and study their photographs, it seems that they really are worth 1000 words.