An eco-friendly hotel in Thailand.
Conserving Natural Resources
Our sustainable hotel has implemented a host of initiatives towards responsible consumption and conservation of resources. Supporting Anantara’s groupwide sustainable straw initiative, we have replaced plastic straws with a biodegradable alternative. We have also phased out plastic water bottles and are finalizing our rooftop solar panel project that will help us meet up to 35% of the hotel’s and elephant caretaker village’s electricity needs once fully operational.
To cut our carbon footprint food waste from their kitchens is converted into biogas which is then used in the team members canteen. Moreover, water for the laundry is solar heated.
To minimize our energy usage all lighting is LED, heat pumps are used for guest water and modern inverters used for air-conditioning.
In the Golden Triangle we removed plastic drinking water bottles from the rooms in 2008, implemented refillable bathroom amenities in 2010 and banned plastic straws in 2018, keycards in 2019. Nowadays we challenge you to find any single use plastic during your guest experience! All waste we do create is measured and recycled where possible, targets are set to reduce year on year.
Aside from weekly garbage walks our elephant camp team regularly clean the Ruak river of plastic and other pollution. All our used cooking oil is returned to the supplier for conversion into diesel fuel.
Team members have all been provided with reusable bottles and all new hires are given a reusable shopping bag. Single use plastic food containers and cups are banned from all offices and foam food containers are stopped at the gate.
Suan Sai Jai
Suan Sai Jai, our on-site herb and vegetable garden, supplies the kitchen of our eco-friendly resort in Thailand with everything from seasonal vegetables to organic honey and free-range eggs.
Supporting Local Farmers
At our restaurants, we use sustainable Sawanbondin teas from Chiang Rai, fairtrade Doi Chang coffee grown by the hill tribes in the north of the country, locally made cheese from Chiang Rai Dairy Cooperative, and organic jams from Chiang Mai Wild Nature Artisans – all vendors carefully selected for the exceptional taste of their products and stellar sustainability credentials.
Repurposing and Recycling
Odyssey of Nature
Dollars For Deeds
Long Term Conservation Project
Supporting Elephant Welfare
Anantara’s charitable foundation, the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF), works in partnership with communities around the world to reinforce its commitment toward environmental, social and cultural conservation. From getting elephants off city streets to pioneering welfare-based management techniques, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort and GTAEF support the wellbeing of Thailand’s captive and wild elephants. By working with scientists, mahouts and our guests, we are doing what we can to protect them now, and to create a safe and sustainable future for the next generation.
WILD ELEPHANT CONSERVATION
Since inception GTAEF’s policies have been designed to ensure that wild elephants were prioritized and that the Foundation’s work at Anantara did nothing to harm or endanger the wild population.
Currently the Foundation is involved in three long term wild elephant projects:
- Working with partners from the Comparative Cognition for Conservation of Animals laboratory from Hunter College in New York the Foundation it facilitates full time field research into wild elephant cognition at a field site in Western Thailand
- GTAEF funds community rangers on the edge of Khao Yai National Park in Thailand to safely & gently keep farmers and wild elephants apart when elephants leave the park to forage on crops. While minimizing damage to local livelihoods this project has reduced the fatalities on both sides to zero since its inception.
- Finally, the foundation funds in full the protection and patrolling of 18,000ha of standing forest in Cambodia that is now both a permanent home and an important corridor for the wild elephants of the Cardamom Mountains, a critical connection between Botum Sakor and Southern Cardamom National Parks.