Elephant dung to heat your shower!?
Elephant dung to heat your shower, gardens irrigated with the water from your sink, and fruit trees that build ecosystems and produce carbon offsets! Yes, this year Tiger Tops is going even greener by implementing grey water recycling systems, generating compost heating and conducting mass tree planting activities.
Using, replenishing and protecting the environment are key approaches to implementing basic but effective solutions to waste management. With lodges located in remote rural areas of Nepal, it is paramount that Tiger Tops manages as much waste as possible on site. Now, using elephant manure, food scraps, and garden waste, Tiger Tops will create a prototype of compost heating. The principle is simple – when large quantities of compost are breaking down, up to 40-60 degrees Celsius of heat is generated. By capturing that heat and transferring it though pipes to a tank of water, it will be possible to have a continuous hot water supply to all the Tiger Tops Lodges. This will be the first time compost heating will be implemented to this scale in Nepal. If successful, the model can be implemented around the country to provide hot water, to communities that otherwise do not have access to it.
In a similar fashion, grey water recycling is a great way to reuse the water from the lodges shower and sinks. In the coming months, Tiger Tops will trial a grey water reed bed that filters and cleans dirty water. The reeds absorb the nitrate in the water while also producing oxygen that helps to filter the water. This water will then be used to irrigate the farm.
Although great efforts are being made to reduce the use of energy from non-renewable resources (although more than 90% of Nepal’s energy is from hydropower), a tree planting scheme has been devised to offset the unavoidable emissions from Tiger Tops vehicles, for example. In the coming months hundreds of trees will be planted to increase the biodiversity of the area, weaving more intricate and dynamic ecosystems. Local varieties of fruit trees including guava, banana, mango, passionfruit, avocado, pomegranate, grapes, citrus, Chinese berry, black berry and fig will be planted alongside producer trees such as silk cotton and neem. These tress will attract more birds and butterflies to the area and also the Lodges. This increase in wildlife will also stimulate the ecosystems of the farm to organically manage pests.
By minimising energy consumption and maximising use of local resources and waste materials, Tiger Tops is moving towards operating as carbon neutral. Continued innovation and passion reaffirms their position as the pioneers of eco tourism in Nepal.