At the Frangipani Resort in Langkawi you can join every morning the green walk, which is an educational tour around the property, showing you all the things the hotel is doing environmentally. And that is a lot.
Starting from small things, like using energy saving light bulbs and enhancing them with aluminium foil, or separating all the garbage, trying to re-use as much as possible. Or building walls with glass bottles inside, installing solar panels, collecting rainwater and the water dripping from the air conditioning to irrigate the plants, growing lots of plants to create cooling shadow and to attract butterflies, compost a lot and growing their own organic vegetables, and they have their own water cleaning system, consisting of water purifying plants that make the dirty water from showers and laundry almost drinkable clean, in just 24 hours.
The effort this hotel does for the environment is amazing, and it is all these small things together that make the big change.
The walk is highly informative and inspirational, so we try to learn as much as possible and implement some of it also at our own place. Recycling, planting, composting, and maybe someday even a fish pond...
Zuraidah, who is leading the eco-department of the Frangipani-Resort, has become a really good friend of ours, and an advisor on how and what to plant, plus she donated lots of plant to our project.