Spirit Bear Lodge is committed to making purchases that are beneficial to the local economy and continue to reduce waste. We purchase from BC first and have made the decision to drastically minimize our single-use plastics. Some of our efforts include:
- Composting: Composting food scraps, in the season we have our guests and staff separate all food scraps to be composted, this reduces the waste at the local landfill.
- Reduction of single-use plastics: We do not provide single-use water bottles or beverages to our guests and encourage all guests to bring their own reusable water bottle for the trip. All of our guests and staff use metal lunch tins that we provide to pack their lunches. Guests are provided with reusable hot beverage cups on our boats for their daily trips into the territory.
- Recycling: It is difficult to deal with waste and recycled products in a remote community therefore we provide BC wine and beer on tap rather than having to deal with wine bottles and beer cans. We work with the Klemtu public works department to deal with cardboard and recyclables. We are very cautious of our garbage disposal as we do not want to attract bears and wolves.
- Fuel: We have cut down on our fuel usage in our boats by limiting our arrival and departure days to 2 days per week. This drastically reduces our boat travel time and fuel consumption.
- Refillable products: We are in the process of transferring our bath products to refillable dispensers to eliminate the single-use jars. The bath products are all made on BC’s coast with thoughtful, environmentally conscious ingredients.
- Reduce consumption-based purchasing: We have recently phased out our gift shop to discourage consumption-based purchasing. We encourage guests to fill up on memories and support local organizations working very hard to protect all aspects of the Great Bear Rainforest instead of taking home a souvenir.
- Hydroelectric: The community of Klemtu is powered by an updated hydroelectric system, see article here.
- Coast clean-up: Due to the closure of Spirit Bear Lodge in 2020 we took the chance to participate in a very meaningful coastal cleanup project sponsored by the Government of BC, read about it here. Moving forward there are plans to commit time each season to ensuring our coast is getting cleaned up and taken care of.
Its about taking care of the areas and making sure the next generation has something. - Doug Neasloss
Klemtu is committed to growing food to ensure freshness, stability and consistency. Spirit Bear Lodge has recently made a commitment along with Simon Fraser University to set up a hydroponic shipping container garden for winter production.