With 72 rooms facing the atrium, the scorching Mumbai heat stays out; needless to say the load on cooling the living spaces is thus drastically reduced. In addition, with the swimming pool perched on the roof top, a natural coolant is in operation. Whether it is the water treatment or the materials used, inside and out, just know that serious thought has gone into it to make it truly eco friendly. It is for this that the hotel got the distinction of being the first five star hotel in Asia, to win the Ecotel certification and to date has received over a hundred awards in recognition of our commitment to be a truly world class eco friendly hotel. The Orchid remains one of only six hotels worldwide to maintain this certification.Kudos is due to the owner Dr. Vithal Kamat the management and staff for this terrific feat. So it is with joy that we invite you, our guests to celebrate not just your stay with us, but also to join in, in bringing a much needed eco awareness in our way of life. We are all partners and contributors in this global endeavor.
Solid Waste Management is an important aspect of environmental responsibility given the amount of waste that is sent to landfills all over the world. We follow the 3R theory - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to manage waste efficiently.
We segregate our solid waste in all the kitchens of the hotel. Four separate colour coded bins are used for storing the separated waste.
The food waste or wet waste is decomposed in the hotel premises. A Vermiculture area has been set up for converting this food waste into organic manure or 'vermicompost'. This rich and fertile vermicompost is then used as a fertilizer for the gardens.
We incorporated energy efficient designs and systems into the hotel from the very beginning.
With only 3% of the world's water being fresh water, the hotel has employed various techniques to preserve this vital resource.
Environmental awareness amongst the hotel team members is vital for us to maintain our commitment to the environment. Therefore, we regularly conduct training programs and activities for team members in a fun manner. For example, we have organized photography and banner competitions with the theme of 'Environment Preservation'. We have a three day training program that includes a session from the Environment Officer who briefs the new team members of the hotels environmental systems. During the training we show the team members documentary called 'Cutting Carbon Footprints". Our team is informed about pressing issues that pertain to the environment and are motivated to bring about change not only in the workplace but also in their homes.
Activities which involve the community are also conducted on a bi-monthly basis where team members go on rallies, visit schools, perform plantation drives etc. to spread the message of environmental preservation. These activities are organized by The Orchid's Green Team. The team comprises of two members from each department of the hotel. Over four hundred thousand students from various schools and colleges over the last decade have been educated on environmental issues by the team.
Past activities also include composting of nirmalaya generated during the festival of Ganesh, 'Say no to fire crackers" Rally, distribution of vermicompost and seeds to our guests, employees and community, etc.