"Worldwide consumption and production — a driving force of the global economy — rest on the use of the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive impacts on the planet.
Economic and social progress over the last century has been accompanied by environmental degradation that is endangering the very systems on which our future development — indeed, our very survival — depends.
The COVID-19 pandemic offers countries an opportunity to build recovery plans that will reverse current trends and change our consumption and production patterns towards a more sustainable future.
Sustainable consumption and production is about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles.
Sustainable consumption and production can also contribute substantially to poverty alleviation and the transition towards low-carbon and green economies." - UN Sustainable Development Goals/Responsible Consumption and Production
Spirit Bear Lodge is committed to making purchases that are beneficial to the local economy and continue to reduce waste. We purchase from BC first and have made the decision to drastically minimize our single use plastics. Some of our efforts include:
Compost food scraps, in season we have our guests and staff separate all food scraps to be composted, this reduces the waste at the local landfill.
Reduction of single use plastics, we do not provide single use water bottles or beverages to our guests and encourage all guests to bring their own reusable water bottle for the trip. All of our guests and staff use metal lunch tins that we provide to pack their lunches. Guests are provided with reusable hot beverage cups on our boats for their daily trips into the territory.
It is difficult to deal with waste and recycled products in a remote community therefore we provide BC wine and beer on tap rather that having to deal with wine bottles and beer cans. We work with the Klemtu public works department to deal with cardboard and recyclables. We are very cautious of our garbage disposal as we do not want to attract bears and wolves.
We have cut down on our fuel usage in our boats by limiting our arrival and departure days to 2 days per week. This drastically reduces our boat travel time and fuel consumption.
We are in the process of transferring our bath products to refillable dispensers to eliminate the single use jars. The bath products are all made on BC's coast with thoughtful, environmentally conscious ingredients.
We have recently phased out our gift shop to discourage consumption based purchasing. We encourage guests to fill up on memories and support local organizations working very hard to protect all aspects of the Great Bear Rainforest instead of taking home a souvenir.
The community of Klemtu is powered by an updated hydroelectric system, see article here:
First Nations Announce over 25 million in New Renewable Energy Investments to decarbonize their Coastal Communities
Due to the closure of Spirit Bear Lodge in 2020 we took the chance to participate in a very meaningful coastal clean up project sponsored by the Government of BC, read about it here:
BC Coastal Clean up 2020
Moving forward their are plans to commit time each season to ensuring our coast is getting cleaned up and taken care of.
Klemtu is committed to growing food to ensure freshness, stability and consistency. Spirit Bear Lodge has recently made a commitment along with Simon Fraser University to set up a hydroponic shipping container garden for winter production.