Eastern Cape, South Africa
Elundini Backpackers near Hogsback in the Eastern Cape of South Africa found themselves in a quandary when the prices of water and soft drinks sky-rocketed by 80% forcing them to go back to purchasing plastic as shops could no longer afford to stock the glass options.
As a tiny rural Xhosa village completely off the beaten track, they go out of the way to offer guests the chance to experience life with a Xhosa tribe and enjoy the delights that mother nature has to offer.
A sustainable stay....
They are extremely considerate to the natural environment, using composting toilets to save significant quantities of water and heating water with solar geysers and hot water donkeys.
Electricity comes from solar panels, rooms are built with traditional methods and materials, they grown their own veggies, keep bees and have started a fruit forest, and suddenly they find themselves dealing with plastic. Providing drinks in aluminium cans didn’t work out due to the significant waste they produced so the owners reluctantly went back to plastic.
‘We were extremely unhappy with the situation that was out of our control', so we looked into whether or not the plastic waste could be re-used and came across the innovation of eco-bricks.’ (Lieve Claessan, Owner)
By stuffing these bricks with other unwanted plastics until they are tightly packed and full to the brim, the bottles are destined to become garden benches and they might even try to replicate a traditional round-house.