Tuesday, 17 July 2018

RECYCLING AND UPCYCLING

For the first time in the history of Diani, a company called Kwale Plastics Plus has set-up recycling collection points up and down the Diani Beach Road. This is a huge step for Diani and for Kenya as the lack of recycling facilities has been one of the biggest weaknesses and causes of environmental damage for far too long.
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A huge thanks to this company for setting up the much needed collection points.
Just imagine that other than a hugely over-used land fill site at Mwabungo, Diani has never had a good waste management system in place. Waste from the many hotels and private houses has for years been mixed up and dumped. Once the waste bin is empty, few people want to consider where this waste has gone or what further impact it may have on the social and natural environments.

Separation bins- add a peddle bin for fruit and veg and another for carbs, proteins.
It is the law in Kenya to separate waste and we at The Sands believe that adhering to this law and taking responsibility for waste management is a vital step forward in reducing our impact on the environment. You can too, ask yourself, ‘where is this ending up?’- Separate it, Weigh it, Record it, Recycle it and improve it. If you produce it, take responsibility for it. 

After a successful five months of separating, weighing and recording waste, it is now time for us to begin looking for ways to further reduce the weight and bulk of our waste and the impact this has.

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE WASTE already goes to The Sands organic farm to make compost and feed the chickens and the worms in the wormary.



GLASS BOTTLES from the restaurant have been stockpiled and used over the years making art pieces, raised growing beds or in building projects in place of bricks.



PAPER, CARDBOARD AND FOOD WRAP PLASTICS are burnt in The Sands' own medical grade incinerator.

Yesterday, we dropped off our first PLASTICS and METALS at the Kwale Plastics Plus recycling collection point. (This is also weighed and recorded.)

Next up - PROTEINS, CARBOHYDRATES AND STARCHES. Watch this space!

One of the Kwale Plastics Plus collection points.


Monday, 16 July 2018

SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION

On Friday morning Diani Turtle Watch received a call from a local beach operator reporting that a turtle had laid her eggs below the beach wall, to the south of The Sands At Nomad. From the tracks we know that this was a good sized mama green sea turtle.

Due to the location of the nest below the high-tide line, the 89 eggs were translocated by one of the Turtle Watch volunteers fifty meters along the beach to the hatchery near the Sands at Nomad.
Ocean-bound tracks of the turtle after laying her eggs.
This is the tenth nest in the hatchery this year, five nests are still unhatched with one due any-day now. 391 tiny turtles have hatched this year so far, with many more on the way.

One of the five remaining nests in the hatchery was laid naturally by the mother turtle. Quite possibly she is the same turtle who found the hatchery last year just after it was opened. The chances are that she will be back to lay her eggs here every year!

                                                             NEST: 10 / 2018



LAID: 13-7-2018



DUE: 13-9-2018



EGGS: 98

Friday, 13 July 2018

MINIMIZING PLASTIC USE

Imagine that this photo below is just one section of a river bank in Kenya after the recent rains and floods have washed the waste from roads and settlements into the river. It then washes up and covers the banks. (Well the floating stuff does, the rest just carries on into the worlds oceans to choke fish, turtles and the likes). 

Plastics washed up on a river bank in Kenya's Maasai Mara National reserve.
Imagine that in 2015 a study estimated that around EIGHT MILLION METRIC TONS of our plastic waste entered the oceans.

How many plastic mineral water bottles do you think you have opened, used and 'trashed' this year alone? 

The Sands at Nomads receiving a water delivery.
A Guardian article written mid 2017 suggested that 'Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments'. (A million plastic bottles are purchased every minute)

There are alternatives out there for people who are able to and want to lower their impact on the environment. Buying refillable 20L bottles, buying refillable glass bottles, using a personal water bottle which you refill and carry with you. 

Be aware of how much plastic waste you are producing. REQUEST FOR NO PLASTIC DRINKING STRAWS IN YOUR DRINKS.

Small decisions go a long way.

HOW TO RE-USE SINGLE USE SOFT PLASTICS (PACKAGING, WRAPPERS, BUBBLE WRAP ETC)

The final product- Kanga cushion covers reused and Dive bags made into outdoor cushions.  Did you know that The Sands at Nomad’s r...