Anavilhanas is a jungle hotel, immersed in the forest, and there would be no way to make it a reality without considering sustainability as a basic premise. The decision goes beyond more tangible initiatives, such as the efficient use of energy, to take a broad view that also puts the local community at the forefront. We believe in tourism as an important tool for conservation and that's why we've taken on the mission of keeping the forest standing, as well as valuing its people and knowledge.
We are a Certified B Corporation, part of a non-profit network that rethinks the global economy to benefit all people, communities and the planet. We are also signatories to the UN Global Compact, which brings togethercompanies committed to ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.
We designed the architecture organically so that it would have the least impact on nature. That's why we made the forest our grand façade: we preserved a 30-meter strip of APP (Permanent Preservation Area), which keeps the Rio Negro landscape untouched.
More than an inspiration, the region's construction standards, techniques and know-how were fundamental. Among the key points are natural lighting and ventilation, which reduce the need for air conditioning, stilt structures, which do not affect the terrain, thatched roofs, with their thermal protection effect, and certified wood from sustainable management areas.
We maintain a continuous effort for conservation: we started in 2006 with 39 hectares and today we preserve an area of 520 hectares of forest. In addition to the lodge and its surroundings, we have a private reserve more than 50 kilometers from the hotel. And we train our employees not to interfere with wildlife. More than just respecting nature as it is, they try to make travelers aware of the importance of preserving the Amazon.
We also contribute to the informal monitoring of the Anavilhanas National Park and take part in its advisory council, helping to preserve this natural heritage.
Above all, we value the great protagonists of the forest: its communities and their knowledge. We are the largest private employer in the region - around 85% of our employees are local - and we see sustainable tourism as an opportunity for development and environmental education.
Among the results of our actions are increased schooling, conscious land use, recycling, the generation of complementary income and the appreciation of local culture. We also prioritize products made by small producers from different areas, from agriculture to handicrafts.
We have our own photovoltaic solar plant, which not only generates much of the energy we need, but also returns energy to the grid. On a day-to-day basis, we put into practice various initiatives to reduce our energy consumption, such as using LED light bulbs and installing presence sensors in the common areas. Water is heated by solar panels and stored in thermal boilers.
Used for the Rio Negro tours, our regional boats use solar energy for the freezers and electricity, a measure that avoids burning fossil fuels unnecessarily and reduces noise.
Our compost bins turn 100% of the organic waste from our kitchen and bars into compost. We follow a zero-plastic policy and this applies to the amenities left in the room, but also to the packaging in the restaurant - we offer filtered water from our own artesian well.
We adopt important measures such as separating, cleaning and organizing recyclable waste and treating our sewage in biological pits.
We are building an agro-ecological farm to promote organic and regenerative agriculture in the region. The idea is to offer farm-to-table food to guests and the community. Currently, the inputs collected in the compost bins are turned into fertilizer for these crops.