PROTECTING OUR ALPINE NATURE

So we all can keep experiencing it

Our social responsibility within the environment

Leave no trace approach.

Today, we live in a world which increasingly generates waste; taking a heavy toll on the environment we live in. Our business abides by the “leave no trace” approach: what we take in, we take out. In order to do this, we split our waste into three categories: our organic waste, recycling waste and general waste. Firstly, we aim to have a majority of organic waste and small day to day choices, like choosing compostable cutlery and crockery, help us achieve this. This waste is disposed of in compostable bags and processed by the local Mount Hotham composting facilities.  Secondly, we choose recyclable products which are processed by the Mount Hotham recycling facility. Lastly, our general waste policy is to reuse products wherever possible and to avoid single-use products. Our waste management program has enabled us to dramatically reduce our amount of waste to approximately 6 bags of organic waste, 3 bags of recycling and 0,5 to 1 bag of general waste for an average week with 60-70 guests.

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High above the eco village on a stunning day

Supporting Local & Fair trade producers

90% of our products are sourced within 120km from Mount Hotham. 

As a small business, we want to support other small and regional businesses. Our way of thinking is based on mutual aid and we are more than delighted to provide you with delicious fresh product. Where possible, we locally source our food and beverage.
The Blizzard craft beers we offer at the Eco-village come from the local brewery set up in Dinner Plain (the highest brewery in Australia!).  Our wine is produced in our region by the winemakers of Rutherglen which consists of 19 wineries. They are known for they winemaking heritage and have successfully found a great balance between tradition and modernity in their wine production process. Our Pumpkin soup and orange almond cake comes from Harrietville, at the base of Mt Hotham, and both are lovingly homemade.

A selection of our locally supplied products

Green Power & Man Power

Sustainable and off the grid eco-village

Our entire eco-village is hand-build using mostly reclaimed timber or ethically sourced solid timber. We try as much as possible to avoid to use manufactured products and to keep it simple and long-lasting. Moreover, we are fully off-the-grid, all power is coming from solar panels, which are set up within the eco-village, and wood heating. Concerning the wood, we choose sustainable hardwood source to be sure the trees have the time to reinvent itself and we have efficient wood heater to save the more wood possible. Then, all supplies taken to the eco-village using man power (sled and carried). We do not use of motorised transport to avoid any kind of pollution.

1% for the Planet

Giving back for the greater good.

We all have a role to play in the safeguarded of our planet. As a business, we have decided to give 1% of our annual sales to an environmental organisation. We agree with the fact that because companies’ profit is coming from the resources they take from the earth, they should protect these resources. We all have responsibilities toward the environment as a citizen, a consumer or a business.

For more information about the initiative visit onepercentfortheplanet.org

We are also proud members of the Bob Brown fundation and POW ( Protect Our Winters) to whom we donate every year. 

Education

Investing in the next generation

One of our mission is to make people understand how precious is our environment and you can have fun and enjoy a delightful dinner while making sure you are respectful of the nature. We want to show people that it is possible to rule a business which is blending into the landscape and which is paying attention to the environment. Our purpose is to be an example of eco-friendly business for people. To insure that, we relate the history of Hotham to allow the handover of the knowledge about the place and to make sure people understand the importance of our sustainable practice.

We're a 1 percent for the planet member

This experience was nothing short of exceptional!

We are Qlder’s and I haven’t been to the snow in 33 years – for my sons, it was their snow visit. Apart from all the wonderful snow activities we have enjoyed, the evening spent on this experience was an absolute highlight for us all. Heartfelt congratulations and thanks to our wonderful host, Jf, for creating this amazing experience for people. Especially as it has absolutely zero impact on our precious environment. Maximum enjoyment, minimum footprint. I wish this enterprising, environmentally conscious young man every success! Thank you 🙏 ….. I’ll be back!

Sue Fazekas – via Facebook

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