Sustainability and responsibility: The Apurva Kempinski Bali showcases their commitment to social and environmental vitality.
As part of the largest industry in Bali, The Apurva Kempinski Bali has always recognised their responsibility to take ownership of reducing the impact they have on the environment. The five-star establishment has been known to implement a series of initiatives, each targeting different aspects of its sustainability commitment.
The latest breakthrough from the resort came in the form of a Sustainable Wedding package: a new way for couples to celebrate their union while being mindful of their impact on the environment. To bring this programme to life, like-minded partners who share the same vision are invited. Partners such as Design Mills, SukkhaCitta, Puri Ata, Taga Woodcraft, Plaga Farm, Tanamera Coffee, and Balian Water joined this special project. Each of the companies share the resort’s passion for sustainability, and has brought together their product and expertise to the table. From potted plants to handcrafts as souvenirs from the ceremony, various aspects that can be reused and repurposed are incorporated into the celebration. Food and beverage offers products from partners who are committed to respecting the environment and community they work with, and a waste management system is put in place.
Although the sustainable wedding package is one of the resort’s most distinctive sustainability approaches, it is only part of the actions that have been introduced. Ever since its opening in 2019, the award-winning property has minimised the use of single-use plastic. This decision was based on its awareness of the damaging effect that plastic waste has on the environment, and the resort has been replacing single-use plastic, such as straws, with biodegradable products. Green Linen Artefact was also introduced to the guests as a way to enhance their local experience, and reflect the true craftsmanship of Kempinski. At the resort, this artefact is presented in the form of Jalak Bali, also known as the Bali starling, the island’s indigenous bird. The artefact is placed on the bed by the guest, to indicate that they would like to have their linen replaced. By leaving the artefact on the bedside table, the guest indicates that they would like to save water by having their linen replaced the following day. The internationally-acclaimed resort is also using their rooftop space to grow various types of greens, in order to establish a more sustainable kitchen in the resort. Plants are grown in a hydroponic and soil cultivation system. These plants are then harvested, and used as cooking ingredients.
In collaboration with Diversey, the ‘Linens for Life’ programme provides free face masks made from clean and hygienic discarded hotel linen to people in the local community who are in need. Meanwhile, the Soap for Hope programme provides at-risk people with access to soap, and information about how and when to use it. Soaps from the resort are cut and disinfected and pressed together to form a new soap bar.
The Apurva Kempinski Bali has been actively monitoring and reporting its environmental and social impact from its operations, including indicators such as energy and water consumption, community engagement and much more. This is done through EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. The resort also is also looking to gradually expand opportunities for greater impact, and is currently working on new initiatives to be launched in 2023.
When asked about their sustainability programmes, General Manager Vincent Guironnet shared “We have always viewed sustainability as absolutely essential, not only for ourselves as a business entity, but also for the next generation. We are always on the lookout for more ways to incorporate sustainability into our guests’ experiences, and we hope that this can encourage and inspire more people to take part in the movement.”