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November 13, 2017 | Resort, Sri Lanka

Talalla Retreat hosts pioneering eco project

By Laurie Rose- Founder & Director

In my home town of Byron Bay, Australia, a company- Compost Central– inspired me to revitalise Talalla Retreat’s compost system; saving the planet and educating the community in the process.

The partnership with Compost Central sees us furthering our commitment to sustainability, by piloting a scheme which is likely to appear in hotels and resorts across the world as sustainability becomes a more pressing concern on the world stage. Comprising three ‘Gardenships’ and a waste processing plant (an adaptation of the subpod™ design) the compound is set to be completed by the end of January 2018. The fully operational processing plant- the first of its kind to be installed in the tropics-  will not only act as an on-location environmentally friendly waste management system, but will provide organic produce for the hotel’s kitchen, guests and local community and act as an educational resource through association with The University of Rahuna.

With the completion of Stage One of the project, we hosted a series of educational events for guests, staff and students from the University of Ruhuna. The interactive demonstrations were led by project director and inventor of the subpod™ Mr. Andrew Hayim de Vries along with Microbiologist & Specialist Consultant Dr. Peter Howard.

It has been a pleasure to watch the project develop over the past few weeks, and the team from Compost Central have inspired us, along with many guests who they spoke with, to seriously consider how we can make small changes to preserve the environment.

For more information on the project, visit the Compost Central website.

This short film explains more, and features interviews with the minds behind the project.



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