AEQUORA ECO-RESPONSIBLE

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Environment

Bedlinen and towels are not automatically changed on cleaning days. This saves considerable quantities of electricity, detergent and water. If you prefer to have them changed please leave them on the floor in the bathroom. 

Pool towel changes are made from Monday to Saturday (at the Wellness Center) and on Sunday (at the reception) from 10: a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Please help us to conserve the environment, reusing your pool towels is helping to conserve the planet.

Freshwater is often in short supply in the Mediterranean, on the Canary Islands and in Thailand. This is why we ask everyone to be careful with the use of water. Did you know? If 500 people do not leave the water running while brushing their teeth, at least 50,000 litres of water will be saved every week. 

Our digital card system helps to save even more electricity by noticing when you leave your room. Kindly note that the minibar and the socket that is next to your desk will always remain active.

Freshwater is often in short supply in the Mediterranean, on the Canary Islands and in Thailand. This is why we ask everyone to be careful with the use of water. Did you know? If 500 people do not leave the water running while brushing their teeth, at least 50,000 litres of water will be saved every week. 

To enjoy a truly wonderful and relaxed holiday you want to feel in balance with nature and your environment. We strive to run all our hotels and resorts according to the principles of sustainable tourism. Currently, more than 30 of the Hotels & Resorts have received the Travelife Award. 

Travelife is an independent, internationally recognised sustainability award scheme for the tourism industry. Around 100 criteria are assessed, including fair wages for staff and measures to minimise energy and water use, reduce waste and to give preference to local suppliers. 

Aequora Lanzarote is certified with the Travelife Gold Award. 

 

STANDARDS & RECOMMENDATIONS. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

The conserve and protect the natural and cultural heritage of our island depends on the act and awareness of all. Work with us respecting the rules and recommendations. Help us to preserve and protect nature.

  • Always obey the instructions of the touristic centres and National Park.
  • Visit without leaving a trace. Cook and camp only in specially authorized and marked locations.
  • Alert or report any behavior or hazardous condition.
  • Remove all your trash outside protected wild areas.
  • Do not remove or damage the geological, paleontological or historical remains.
  • Do not leave roads or take shortcuts. Avoid creating alternative paths, which in addition to causing erosion problems, can disorientate others.
  • If your interest is photography or filming, pay attention to the ground when searching for the perfect image and avoid a possible accident.

Sustainable Measures

Energy saving measures 

  • Solar energy (solar panels)
  • Geothermal energy to provide hot water for sanitary use and to heat swimming pool water
  • Home automation system (domotic network): a computer system that permits the remote control of the energy management
  • Astronomical time clock
  • Minimum consumption attending to powering up and down of cooking equipment
  • LPG Boilers
  • Electricity-efficient LED lights
  • Motion sensor lighting in common areas.
  • Keycard lock in Guest rooms for automatically switching off lights, heating and air conditioning.
  • Programmable Thermostats which is designed to adjust the temperature according to European legislation.
  • Magnetic contact-reed switches for doors and windows
  • Kitchen exhaust with drive
  • Thermal pipe insulation

 

Water saving measures 

 
  • Reverse osmosis unit for the production of water
  • Volume reducers which are fitted to the taps or shower head: faucet aerator in thermostatic taps echo type. Triple savings and dual-position
  • Water-efficient drip-irrigation system
  • Dual flush toilet
  • Cleaning system with preimpregnated mops and wipes. Resulted in monthly savings of 40.000lt.
  • Native plants that need little water. Low water plants
  • Salt water pool maintenance

 

Waste Management  

Production of urban waste

The hotel has implemented the selective withdrawal of the following urban waste to facilitate the recovery, recycling or revaluation of each one.

Nowadays, the classification is carried out in origin and later municipal withdrawal of the following urban residues: organic residues, residues of gardening, packings, glass, paper-carton, vegetable secondhand oil and the residues of printer toner which are submitted to an authorized manager.

We have two waste collection points to reclycling paper/carton, plastic, organic and glass. Focused too involved the clients. One is in the corridors of the block 6 and another one in the back exit of the hotel.

 

Generation of hazardous waste

Inside the classification of hazardous waste, the Hotel generates: fluorescent tubes, energy-saving light bulbs, packaging containing residues contaminated by dangerous substances, batteries, rags contaminated with oils and solvents.

Nowadays, all this toxic waste is separated and delivered to an authorized manager. In addition, the products of swimming pools and of laundry are gathered by the own supplier when they deliver new goods. On the other hand, the products of the cleaning department are recyclable packagings that are refilled as the product is ended.

Flora and Fauna

LANZAROTE SPECIES

Due to the oceanic, climate and geological characteristics of the Canary Islands, among other factors, there is a great variety of species in the archipelago. Many of them are endemic or are endangered species. Almost half of the total of the wild endemic vascular flora species of Spain and near 40% of the invertebrate fauna are in the Canary Islands.

Given that the human activities developed in the Islands sometimes are dangerous and risky for the animal and plant life, the Council of Territorial Politics and Environment of the Canary Government promulgated a Law, which created the Catalogue of Species Threatened in Canary Islands, which classified species depending on the risk that they were in. Besides, it lays down the way of managing the situation and the creation of plans of recovery and conservation of species. The Catalogue of Species Threatened in Canary Islands is available online on the Canary Islands Government website.

Nevertheless, as a first approximation, bear in mind some of the following considerations about threatened and endangered species that live in Lanzarote, and be careful when you move around their habitats, helping to preserve it and to protect these species.

PARDELAS

The island of Alegranza shelters an importat biological diversity, emphasizing its bird’s population. However, most of important populations of different species are threatened birds, considered in risk by regional, national and international governments and institutions.

Some of the species that live here are Bulwer’s petrel, pardela scopoli, little shearwater, white-faced storm petrel, european storm petrel and band-rumped storm petrel. Some greedy birds (osprey, Eleanora’s falcon, egyptian vulture and barbary falcon) Besides, this place is an important point of rest for the migratory birds in their migratory displacements.

THE HOUBARA

The houbara bustard or “avutarda” is an endengered bird, which remains approximately 1.000 exemplary. More than half of them live in Lanzarote. They live, mainly, in La Graciosa, Alegranza, Guatiza, Famara, Playa Quemada and the area between Janubio and Rubicon. Their main enemies and threats are human activities. That is why we should avoid, as far as possible, to drive with all-terrain vehicles along these zones, leave traces of garbage and any other activity that can disturb their natural habitats.

JAMEOS CRAB

The “jameito” is a blind crab which is endemic of Lanzarote. It can only live in some jameos, as Jameos del Agua. That is why it is in endangered. This animal, natural symbol of the island of Lanzarote, white-coloured, is especially sensitive to the light and the noise. In addition, metals are especially dangerous to it and because of that it is completely forbidden to throw coins into water at Jameos Del Agua and to the sea.

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