Conservation, Sustainability & Social Responsibility
We did not invent the terminology, but sustainable development describes what we have been doing here for nearly three decades. From the creation of a 30,000-acre nature reserve, to the implementation of daily practices that reduce the carbon footprint of our operations, Chan Chich Lodge is committed to combining conservation and local economic development. We also did not invent the terminology farm-to-table, but we have practiced it since the 1980s:
• Roughly 60% of the food we serve in our restaurant is organically produced on our farm and the local community.
• We are helping to save Belize’s indigenous cuisine and the heirloom crops that define it by growing native crops on our 3,000-acre organic farm.
• We are building a marketplace for local products through such enterprises as the production of hot sauces and organic coffee.
We care about our beautiful country as well as our amazing planet. For this reason we focus our attention on three R’s: Recycle, Reuse and Reduce. Although we have electricity 24/7 we curb electricity use by turning off lights and fans when not in use. Although water is plentiful we manage it carefully in the lodge and staff housing. Staff gathers rainwater at their house and purifies it for cooking or washing. Our gardeners are working to plant an edible landscape of fruit bearing trees within the lodge grounds, and these items make their way into our kitchen and onto your plate. Ask for fresh limejuice the next time you’re thirsty!
We’re also pleased to announce the addition of organic, natural and biodegradable EO soaps, lotions and shampoos, as well as Living Fresh linens crafted from a blend of eucalyptus fibers and cotton for an amazing and healthy sleep. We make furniture and building materials on site from our own wild fall or sustainably harvested wood.
For many years Bowen & Bowen, the holding company that owns Chan Chich Lodge, has supported the Casey Community Primary School that provides education to the staff children at Gallon Jug Farm. Raffle Tickets from the Gallon Jug Casey School can be found at the front desk to help the students further their Education. The lodge also provides free housing, electricity and water for the staff.
In our redecoration process we’re supporting Guatemalan artisanal weavers to help keep the natural dying process and traditional backstrap loom techniques alive.