Dreamtime Hostel environmental responsibility,
clean, green and sustainable.
We are passionate about our businesses social and environmental responsibility by doing our best to reduce harm to the planet and conduct business for the better good of all.
We would like to share with you some of the actions we undertake at dreamtime to support this ethos. We encourage you to be a part of this belief by helping us keep our global village clean, green and sustainable.
At Dreamtime we practise the following methods to
Help reduce our carbon footprint and tread lightly on the planet.
To help reduce our energy consumption we have installed energy efficient hot water heaters which reduce the amount of power used by 70%.
We have installed 24 solar panels on one building that generates power from the sun into the local electricity grid to reduce our consumption by a half from that building. Our goal is to install more panels on the remanding buildings by the end of the 2014.
Coin operated timers for the air conditioners have been installed to keep the room rate low and encourage an optional user pay system.
We use energy efficient bulbs wherever possible. Night and security lights are set on motion sensor timers.
Whilst housekeeping the linen is line dried to reduce power from dryers.
A vibrational key has been installed as a energy technique to distribute peace and harmony throughout Dreamtime.
We have two waste deposit stations where you can help to reduce, reuse and recycle. All bins are clearly marked for easy distribution. Aluminium cans are recycled and funds collected are donated to local sporting groups. We regularly deposit green waste at the local council facility. We are proud to reduce our overall waste to landfill.
We are currently researching efficient methods to harvest valuable rainwater for use in the pool.
Toilets have half and full flush mechanisms to reduce water consumption.
There is a Free filtered water dispenser for all guests fill their water bottles and to decrease the waste of plastic.
Wherever possible we use environmentally sensitive cleaning products.
Conservation volunteer work,
Dreamtime has a strong relationship with Tree force cairns. planting Trees around Cairns every second sunday. http://treeforce.org.au
Treeforce is a a hands-on, not-for-profit community tree planting group in Cairns. Supported by Cairns Regional Council, the volunteer association is busy revegetating various sites around Cairns
Here are some of our recommended Eco friendly tips for travellers:
Switch off the air con, light and fans when not required,
Whenever suitable open the windows to circulate fresh air,
Avoid plastic bags,
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
Recycle internet cards.
Return unused brochures to office to redistribute,
Flat batteries can be deposited at reception for recycling,
Any unwanted clothing or items can be added to our collection for regular donation to local charity shops.
Buy locally grown, fresh foods from Rustys market Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Use a refillable water bottle to avoid plastic waste.
Use water level low or high when washing clothes in machines to reduce water consumption.
Philanthropy fund raising Every week we have BBQ evenings to raise much needed funds for the wages of a school teacher in the village of Batase in Nepal . all profits from our weekly BBQ goes to support this cause . Dreamtime works with a Cairns based charity FHC Friends of the himalayan children