There are 0 properties currently listed in Lake Atitlan. At this time there are 1 "Green" lodging properties listed of which this is the only lodging property that has completed the iStayGreen Audit. Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort has been awarded a 5 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort completed an audit of their property's compliance with over 70 unique eco-initiatives. Environmentally friendly measures that are reviewed include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, enviromentally safe cleaning, reduction of waste, ongoing maintenance, purchasing habits, plus many other factors. In it's efforts to create a more sustainable travel future and reduce their impact on our environment, Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort employs 54 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
ECOLOGICAL, RENEWABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS Adobe clay is quarried and adobe bricks handmade at the lodges organic gardens. Cane is harvested there also. Trees cut on our land for construction are fast growing pine or cypress and are replanted in greater quantities. Other wood is from sustainable forestry. Stones washed down from the mountains in the flooding of 2005 were purchased from our neighbour and carried to Laguna Lodge. Local wood fired bricks, tiles and slate. Palm and bamboo are from sustainable plantations on the pacific coast. Reed mats are bought locally. Recycled wood has been reclaimed from old constructions. Antiques have been used in most areas. Recycled glass, and ceramics are also used. EYE AID PROJECT Due to poverty and lack of educational and medical infrastructure indigenous peoples lack resources to know what is causing and how to obtain help for their illness. Encountered are cases of cataracts and other eye diseases which cause pain and partial to complete blindness. We explain the options available and arrange family involvement, appointments, transportation, and after care. Obras Sociales de Hermano Pedro hospital in Antigua facilitates the work of American surgeon Doctor John Cheatham and the Mathis foundation. The facility has the latest equipment and well qualified doctors and nurses administering treatment. In most cases the persons sight is restored and they can once again leave their homes in which they have sat blind, in some cases for years. VEGETARIAN FOOD Seasonal with local provenance. Lacto-ovo and vegan. Natural, wild crafted and organic food is served. We have found our pure foods through many adventures up in to the mountains and with some serious detective work have strung together a network of suppliers. As well as growing our own organic produce and coffee we support an indigenous farmers cooperative who are under the guidance of full time organic farming consultants and a permaculture project. Our dairy produce is from cows grazed in fields and is rennet free. Eggs are free range and fed a vegetarian diet. Shade grown organic coffee is bought directly from the farmer and is fair trade. Any packaged foods are natural with no preservatives, emulsifiers, artificial colors or flavors LODGES GARDENS - Tsampoj organic gardens were built from nature and with nature. Black soil from the mountains of Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, compost, manure, worms and worm hummus helped build the soil. No chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers are used. Seasonally we grow lettuce, spinach, silverbeet, carrot, beetroot, onion, green pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, potato, tomato, black bean, green bean, red and green lettuce, hot chili, arugula, chives, cilantro, coriander, parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, fennel, lemon grass, mint, banana and papaya. On part of the reserves slopes we have organic coffee and infant fruit trees such as peach, nectarine, apple, mulberry, fig, orange, lemon, mandarin, tangerine and avocado. An area is planted with a self supporting triad developed by the ancient Maya. Corn, squash, and beans are planted in groups of three, the squash is ground cover which holds in moisture and the black beans have the corn stalk to grow up. Organic agriculture encourages biological activity in the soil, promotes sustainability, conservation, and integrates biodiversity. Natural resources are cycled and ecological balance is enhanced. The earth's natural relationships between soil, plants, animals and people are observed.