A communal kitchen maintains recycling facilities (as Buenos Aires does not have a governmental recycling scheme yet), and cooperatives such as El Ceibo come and take the rubbish to make new materials. Guests are able to stay connected through the low-energy computer area, which sits adjacent to a green sunroof terrace.
Solar panels provide the energy for common areas and solar collectors heat up the water for cooking and showers, reducing the water heaters’ energy demands by 70%. Rain water is captured for watering the organic herbs and vegetable patch on site, and there is also a home-made compost bin that gets fed with leftovers from the hostel’s kitchen.
Eco-Pampa has designed a ¨Sustainable Lifestyle Guide¨ so visitors and employees can not only make use of the various services the hostel has to offer, but also learn how to minimize their environmental impact while in Buenos Aires and at home.
Photos: © Ana Lisa Alperovich / Eco-Pampa Hostel