Peace Resort - A Green Resort
Peace Resort was first established in 1977 by the Pupaiboon family who own 100% of the land. This ownership allows them to be able to fulfill the sustainability concepts of an eco-friendly resort.
The green issue is now very much mainstream, with governments, businesses and individuals all involved. Peace Resort is committed to preserving the environment in which it operates and has developed a ‘sustainable environment’ commitment policy.
We aim to apply its sustainable environment concepts in the areas of hotel design and operations. In our Koh Samui beach accommodation we focus on energy efficiency, water management, waste management, social commitment, protecting the natural surroundings, air quality and noise control.
Our Main Principles:
- Community - we aim to help and support the local community through our own environmental initiatives and the support of federal and local municipality organized environmental campaigns.
- Education - we are committed to the training and education of our employees and to making them aware of the environmental issues and their role in this programme.
- Partnerships - we are committed to working with Government agencies and departments, local business associations and our suppliers to help us achieve our goals.
- Products - we must be conscientious about the selection of materials and products used in our resort. Materials must be eco-friendly, such as bio-degradable and non-harmful to the environment. Nothing which emits harmful CFCs or is toxic to nature if permissible.
All of our team at Peace Resort adhere to the following:
1. All rubbish is separated. Plastic, glass bottles and used papers are separated for sale. Money from re-used or re-cycled items is kept aside and donated to social environmental projects.
2. Natural waste such as dried leaves and fruit skins are re-used as fertilizer.
3. A safe energy plan is in the place and regular training takes place.
4. Energy saving light bulbs are used in the resort and staff lodgings.
5. Lights are on a timer in less busy areas.
6. All waste water is treated and re-used in the hotel’s gardens.
7. Herbs and plants used in the kitchen are grown in the hotel’s gardens.
8. The use of alternative material such as linen made bags rather than a plastic bag is encouraged.
9. We use EM technology (Effective Microorganisms) which safely and cleanly converts organic waste products into fertilizer or even cleaning products that can be re-used.
10. Our beach is cleaned every day to make sure it is free from rubbish.
The 7 Greens Concept
The 7 Greens Concept is one of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives launched by the national tourism organization in 2009. Representatives from the local trade associations advised The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) of plans to make Koh Samui, a ‘green island’ and indicated that supporters of the ‘Green Island Project’ were planning to formally pledge support for the pilot project. Both parties were eager to explore possible synergies.
The 7 Green Concepts is a part of the Green Island Project whereby everyone on the island is encouraged to make a contribution to reduce, recycle, re-use and become more aware of what a green jewel Samui still is.
Peace Resort has been selected by TAT to be the pilot hotel in Koh Samui to pursue the 7 Greens Concept. We are doing the following ‘7 Greens’.
Green Heart: to urge tourists to be socially responsible and environmentally aware as well as to be part of global efforts to help protect and preserve the environment at all tourist attractions.
Green Logistics: to encourage more environmentally-friendly tourism-related modes of transport to minimize direct and indirect environmental impact.
Green Destinations: to promote responsibly managed tourist sites that respect the environment.
Green Communities: to support community-based tourism in both urban and rural areas that place greater importance on responsible tourism management, and that also promote conservation of the environment, local traditions and ways of life.
Green Activities: to promote tourism activities that are suitable to local communities. These provide visitors with engaging and culturally-enriching experiences without compromising the integrity of the environment. This includes taking carrying capacity into proper consideration.
Green Service: to urge all tourism-related service providers to create positive first impressions for visitors, and to win hearts and minds by attaining higher quality assurance standards whilst demonstrating respect, care and concern for the environment.
Green [Plus]+: to encourage Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) among operators by encouraging them to give back to the communities in which they operate. For example, by refraining from undertaking any acts that might cause environmental damage. It also includes seeking their active participation in various activities and seeking their support for tourism business operators, manufacturers and organizations that promote energy-saving initiatives or develop renewable energy sources and environmentally-friendly products.
Let’s be a part of the 7 Greens pilot hotel by helping us to preserve and develop our environment.
Take a reusable shopping bag with you and don’t accept plastic ones. These can end up in landfill sites or worse, the sea, where animals can choke on them.
Consider bringing a refillable water bottle and water filter or water purifying tablets and keep all of those plastic bottles out of landfills.
Check if the air conditioning in your hotel room really needs to be so cold and please don’t leave the windows open while these are running.
Turn off the lights/TV when not in your room and don’t leave the TV on standby.
Save water and save the energy needed to heat it. Re-use your towels and take a shorter shower instead of a bath.
Each year, millions of cigarette butts end up on our beaches, and in our oceans. Please use the ash trays instead of the sand or beach. Cigarette butts can be toxic to marine life and cause forest fires (a major hazard in hot, dry countries) and take up to 6 years to biodegrade.
Opt for ‘Eco friendly organic’ lotions or creams. Or take a shower before entering the pool to minimize chemical usage.
The Little Green Activity
“Planting trees, growing awareness”
“The Little Green Activity” is one of our resort’s environmental projects that we would like to invite you to be a part of by planting trees to keep Koh Samui greener.
Come to the Front Desk one day before the planting date and tell them that you would like to plant a tree. Our front desk officers will coordinate with concerned departments to prepare the tree, equipment and the soil.
Koh Samui has a tropical climate, we have picked up some plants that are drought-tolerant, native and need minimal watering for our resort.
Coconut trees are considered the symbol of Koh Samui. They grow in rainforests and other tropical climates. It may take a year or so for the coconut tree to mature. In the past, coconut planting was the main agriculture of Samui. Nowadays, coconut trees are gradually disappearing from the island.
Leelavadee tree (Frangipani or Plumeria)
Leelavadee is a medium-sized tree. It has beautiful bushes and branches with white latex. It sheds leaves in the dry season before flowering. This tree grows well in tropical climates such as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Their flowers are widely used for decoration in the hotels, spas and restaurants.
Rak Talay tree
Rak Talay or ‘Love the sea’ in English. It is a medium-sized bush tree and easily grows in seaside areas. Many guests like us to grow them in the resort and they leave a lasting impression.