Eco Friendly Hotel, Cavelossim Goa

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dona Sa Maria a self-sustaining eco system?
Yes! We are a self-sustaining hotel in every way. Milk, fish, fruit and vegetables are the key areas. Fruit and vegetables are purchased from locals who grow organically rich crops on organic farms in and around Cavelossim. Local vendors visit our doorstep to sell fresh milk directly to us.

How do you recycle leftover hotel food and kitchen waste?
We segregate garbage at every point when it is created. Our staff is trained to separate plastic, ceramic, metal, leftover food, peeled fruits, vegetable skins, tissue papers, bulbs, glass, batteries, tyres, tubes and even grease!

How do you recycle leftover food?

  • Leftover food waste is fed to the pigs. Egg shells are crushed to make powder and mixed with chicken feed. Hotel waste water from dishwashing goes into a pit where grease is separated. It is then used as a fertilizer for the banana plants after every six months. Filtered water is extracted regularly by pump and released to trees in the garden.
  • Pigs have an aversion to potato, garlic and onion peels. All onion peels are buried deep in mud. Our pigs are healthy. They weigh between 100 to 120 kilos.
  • Fish heads, chicken pieces and leftover vegetable crumbs go into a separate pit covered with cow dung.
  • All leftover food or decayed food is converted into organic manure, rich in nutrients for plants around the hotel.

What about non-biodegradable waste?

  • Navsagar from batteries is used underneath our tiles. Navsagar is dangerous if a person comes in contact with it. We mix it with cement while fixing new tiles.
  • CFL bulbs from hotel rooms are powdered with ceramic and mixed with cement to cover pathways in the hotel garden.
  • We've stopped burning tissue papers. These are instead strained and mixed with liquid cow dung and processed to turn into fertilizer.

Can you suggest a few eco friendly tips?

  • Use fresh milk to reduce the menace of plastic bags and contamination
  • Use CFL bulbs. These consume less electricity
  • Jute laundry bags can be reused
  • Rent a bicycle. This reduces fuel cost, noise and air pollution

Dona Sa Maria Eco Hotel, Cavelossim. Garbage Segregation

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Dona Sa Maria Eco Hotel, Cavelossim. Garbage Segregation
Dona Sa Maria Eco Hotel, Cavelossim. Garbage Segregation
Dona Sa Maria Eco Hotel, Cavelossim. Garbage Segregation
Dona Sa Maria Eco Hotel, Cavelossim. Garbage Segregation
Dona Sa Maria Eco Hotel, Cavelossim. Garbage Segregation

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