The Barefoot has developed its structure with essential “green” features in mind, including:
– The use of ecologically grown wood, respecting the sustainability of the forest of origin.
– The use of solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, limiting the use of diesel generators (widespread and impacting in the Maldives).
– The demand of electricity not covered by the panels is provided by Hanimaadhoo power house, avoiding the establishment of a second diesel power house on the island.
– The use of a system recovering the heat generated by air conditioners to heat the water of the rooms.
– The opening of a purified water bottling plant in 2015 in order to mostly eliminate the use of plastic bottles and thereby the negative effects that plastic pollution has on the oceans.
– The establishment of a Conservation Center. The Center has developed a series of ‘responsible activities’ for tourists (such as snorkeling, dolphin watch, etc.), so that a double goal can be pursued: “fun” for the tourists and environmental monitoring. Our marine biologists “takes advantage” of the excursions to carry out several projects of environmental monitoring, in order to collect data on the ecosystem and monitor the impact of the Eco Hotel activities on the environment . These activities, developed in a context of monitoring and conservation, also have a strong positive effect on tourists, who rise greater environmental awareness and feel more involved in a global change of attitude towards the environment.