We are partners from very different backgrounds and we decided to build the accommodation to reflect our values. Being sustainable has been our main concern. We always try to find the best solution to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health. A sustainable business is one that generates profit while improving societal and environmental conditions. This includes what we do as well as how we do it.
Villa Saia is really proud of being part of the RefillMyBottle project.
It all started in Bali where a group of sustainable businesses created a network of water refill stations. They were then approached by neighboring islands like Gili Air. Many local businesses finally decided to offer travellers a refill of clean water from a gallon.
To map the initiative, RefillMyBottle has published an easily accessible google map where you can refill your water bottle.
RefillMyBottle is a great showcase of the tourist industry making a commitment to preserving the Indonesian eco-system.
>>> Use the website to find the nearest refill station on Gili Air.
Raise awareness among our staff about environmental issues on a daily basis.
We refill 2 litres of drinkable water every day in your bedroom.
We prefer bulk dispensers for soap and other consumables to reduce wasteful packaging.
We provide resusable straws made from bamboo or steel.
With our providers, we try to implement orders delivered without plastic bags.
We clean our premises and villas with natural products such as white vinegar and biodegradable soap.
Our villas recycling bins make recycling easy and convenient.
We separate waste streams: cans, plastic bottles, glass, cardboards.
We process organic waste.
We recycle non-organic waste with local partners.
We make breakfast recipes which avoid processed foods and plastic wrappings.
We use high quality and low voltage bulbs.
We offer access to fresh air and fans to avoid dependence on air conditioning.
We set up a regulator system for air-conditioning.
We prepare local and seasonal fruits and vegetables.
We serve organic and fair trade teas.
We do not use palm oil or MSG.
We have chosen our snacks providers because they are making honest food through genuine, transparent and sustainable business practices.
Useful links to know a bit more about local NGO’s
Gili Eco Trust is an NGO based on Gili Trawangan. It was founded in 2000 to protect the coral reefs around the Gili islands from destructive fishing. It has grown and expanded its activities from marine conservation to waste management and sustainable eco tourism.
The Gili Shark Conservation mission is to promote conservation efforts through education and research while collecting abundance data to propose to the government to make the Marine Protected Area (MPA), the first recognized shark nursery ground in Indonesia.
Cats Of Gili is a charity project that organizes vet visits from time to time , and important spay/neuter clinics a couple of times per year. The aim is to neuter and spay cats, to control their breeding. This amazing team hopes that in the future, they may have less cats on the islands, but a healthier, happier cat population.
On the Gilies, transportation is done by foot, by bicycle or by horse cart. Every single item on each island, be it a refrigerator or groceries, comes over by boat first, and then usually by horse and cart to it's ultimate destination. Horses of Gili provide local support with good animal welfare for these working horses of the Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia.