Treading lightly on our natural surrounds
It is nature that makes Noonaweena unique. Amidst nature, it becomes easier to see how humans impact the greater environment, and harder not to do anything to change it. We continue to embrace sustainability at Noonaweena to reduce the footprint we leave on the world around us. Simple acts like buying local, organic products and being energy savvy go a long way to minimise the impact we have on our environment.
These are some of the ecologically sustainable products and systems that we utilise at Noonaweena:
Local and organic produce
We buy local and organic produce, reducing the miles in which the food would have had to travel to a chain store, and supporting local growers and their sustainable farming in the process.
Solar power has been installed to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and power part of the facility. By using power from the sun, it will have a lasting impact on the environment. We are currently looking to roll out LED light bulbs. This will mean the solar system can contribute more power to the overall facility and less power will be used on lighting.
Solar hot water and heated pool/spa solutions
We also have a solar setup for our hot water system. This ensures hot, steamy water heated by the sun. We also use a fuel efficient heat pump for heating the outdoor pool and spa.
Rain tanks and water
Noonaweena is self-sufficient with a natural water supply delivered from several rain catchments and water tanks, and a bore water system.
Envirocycle septic system
This septic system recycles domestic wastewater from the bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry of Noonaweena. It is treated (a natural process) in an underground tank to a purity approved by relevant health authorities.
Grey water from the septic system is reused on ornamental gardens.
We compost our green waste onsite and return it to the surrounding gardens as nutritious mulch. It is a simple process that works wonders on flowering plants.
This is another simple initiative that every household should be mindful of. Give your plastic bottles, cardboard and aluminium cans a chance to become something else. If you would like more information on minimising waste, recycling and composting, click here.
Our name, 'Noonaweena,' is an acknowledgement of the traditional custodians of the land who were here before us. This translates to 'resting place in the bush,' an apt description of this part of the Darkinjung Aboriginal country. As we look out at the great Blue Mountain heritage area, we are reminded of the spiritual value of the land, an experience we like to pass on to our guests.
Noonaweena is Eco-certified
Noonaweena’s sustainable efforts have been recognised with Ecotourism Certification at the ECO IV level by Ecotourism Australia, the national body for Australia’s ecotourism industry. We share their vision for environmentally sustainable and culturally responsible tourism.
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