“Good eco practice is not a debate; the directors of the company and the shareholders demand it.”
Craig Barnard, CEO, The BodyHoliday, LeSPORT.
Reducing our carbon footprint on an island of 160,000 people has proven to be difficult but not impossible. With a mandate from our CEO, we steadily make progress.
Beautiful Oceans Coral Reef Biology Courses:
We offer our guests the opportunity to gain unique insight into the coral reef ecosystem. This course explains the typical zones of a coral reef and introduces our guests to 15 of the coral reef’s most interesting organisms and how important coral reefs are to our entire planet. Education will help protect our coral reefs longer-term.
Barnard Scholarship Programme:
The mission of the fund is to ensure that high achieving, but less privileged, children have the opportunity to pursue a degree in tourism at the University of West Indies. Children of our employees have first priority.
Support for Local Community
We are a St Lucian owned company, so profits remain here in St Lucia; We buy local organic produce whenever available; We purchase local fruit and produce from local farmers; We purchase local fish as much as possible and limit the offer for imported fish that carries huge food miles and carbon footprint
Energy Efficiency, Conservation and Management
We use solar water heating; Collect oil for bio-diesel to run farmers’ vehicles; Launder all linen on bio-diesel.
Improved Land Use Planning and Management
We use rare trees and plants and rare palms for beautification of the grounds; we have preserved the extremely rare Coubaril tree in the Coubaril Valley and we are propagating new ones. The tree once cut by furniture makers for its dense hard wood is prized as one of the most endangered indigenous on St Lucia.
Reduction on the Consumption of Fresh Water and Resources
We launder using natural water source (near the mouth of the river); the production of fresh water from the sea with reverse osmosis plant reduces the drain on the island’s precious resource water in the rainforest upon which our rivers and eco-systems rely.
Improved Wastewater Management
Sewerage treatment plant produces pure water that supplies ponds allowing us to cultivate indigenous fresh water shrimp in the ponds. These improvements encourage amazing bird life around the ponds; We reuse treated gray water for toilets and for property-wide irrigation; Massive investments in silt-traps which are designed to prevent silt from the heaviest rains from reaching the sea and causing damage to the reef off The Body Holiday resort. They also keep the sea crystal clear for our guests.
Waste Minimization, Reuse and Recycle
On-site fertilizer compost system; Plastic bottles of products have been replaced in most bathrooms with reusable containers.