Maintaining the health and well being of the environment is important to us, which is why Blackbird Caye Resort is committed to sustainability. But what does that mean for Blackbird Caye Resort?
We follow a set of rules as a Best Practices Operation that includes everything from what kind of building materials we use (locally-available, recycled, non-toxic) and environmentally-friendly construction practices to constant landscaping and erosion control through maintaining natural vegetation.
We also minimize energy consumption whenever possible, use natural cross-ventilation (avoiding air-conditioning), and reduce waste volume by reducing, reusing, recycling, and repairing whenever possible. Disposable products of any kind, chemicals (including non-organic herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers) are avoided. Cleaning products are phosphate-free and biodegradable; bleaches are non-chlorinated.
Of course, some of the best practices are things like water conservation: not leaving taps running when cleaning or washing, catching recycled rainwater and stream water, using low-flow toilets and shower heads, and maintaining these habits and systems.
Protecting the ecological integrity of Turneffe Atoll isn’t just about sustainable tourism – it’s about doing what we can to protect similar ecosystems.