Consistent with the commitment of the group, Six Senses Fiji develops sustainability within the resort and invites guests to share the responsibility to offset their carbon footprint. There are programs in place to conserve energy, and wherever possible packaging is kept to an absolute minimum, or is re-usable.
Six Senses Fiji has one of the largest off-grid solar installations using Tesla Battery packs in the Southern Hemisphere. The resort collects rainwater, uses worm-based septic tanks and also has its own reverse osmosis plant and water refinery, producing high quality drinking water without the use of plastic bottles. An organic vegetable garden supports the ultimate aim of self-sustained food and beverages on the island, drastically reducing the environmental footprint.
To support the resort’s environmental and social sustainability activities policies and procedures have been developed in line with Six Senses standards. These policies and procedures will be renewed at least annually to ensure that the property is always current in its approaches.
Six Senses Fiji is committed to comply wherever possible to improve upon Fijian and international legislative environmental requirements, such as environmental, public and occupational health and safety, hygiene and employment legislation.
It will, wherever possible and feasible, give preference to the employment of persons living in Fiji, local products and services which do not adversely affect the resort's operational activities, viability and environmental and social impacts.
Producing energy usually creates pollution and is the biggest cause of global warming. At Six Senses Fiji we have taken several steps to reduce our energy usage and to ensure we use renewable energy wherever possible.
Tesla Solar Power Generation: Solar energy is converted to direct current energy for use across the resort. When there is excess energy being produced by the Solar panels, this spill power is used for the desalination plant.
Low Energy and Chemical Pool Filtration: Low power pool filtration is being used in all resort and residences pools.
Irrigation: Water is treated on site in a dedicated plant for use in the island’s irrigation system.
Air-conditioning: All of our air-conditioning units use low environmental impact refrigerant.
Anyone who has spent a little time overseas could be dismayed at the apparent lack of waste sorting and recycling in Fiji.
Right now, in the 3R’s of waste management REDUCE, RE-USE, RECYCLE, the first option: REDUCE is always the best option, and we can do this by buying only what we need, avoiding overpackaging and plastic bags, having a compost to remove organics out of the waste stream, etc. The country currently lacks the facilities to separate, collect and recycle or reuse materials generated by households and businesses. Most resources and items that could be recycled or composted are at present treated as waste and transported from resorts and local islands to landfill. As the country develops it seems inevitable that more consumer goods will become available, consumption will increase and so will the amount of material that will need to be recycled, reused or disposed.
Six Senses Fiji is actively looking for ways to reduce the waste generated and dispose of it properly:
We talk with our suppliers to reduce packaging when delivering supplies.
Our printing paper is eco-labelled or recycled and we re-use the reverse side of printed paper for notes, reducing numbers of trees needed to be cut down.
We try not to use plastic bags as much as possible to reduce waste, instead using bins that can be washed or linen bags.
Both guests and hosts are provided with re-usable glass water bottles rather than disposable plastic bottles.
Guests are encouraged to take disposable and hazardous waste items back to their own countries, where recycling facilities are more sophisticated.
Rechargeable batteries, energy-saving light bulbs with a long lifespan, purchases in bulk to avoid unnecessary packaging, the re-use of office paper, kitchen oil, waste wood and other materials are some of the many measures, through which the amount of waste on the island is reduced.
We have created our own recycling corner where waste is separated into paper, plastic, metal, glass, organic waste and toxic waste.
A composting site has been built in which all our food waste from the kitchen and restaurants is composted together with garden waste. The composting soil generated from this activity is reused in our landscape and gardening.
To make our composting as effective and odorless as possible we have implemented waste separation in the kitchen where all the food, except meat and seafood, is collected for composting. The reason meat and seafood is excluded is that these items decompose slower as well as to avoid attracting rodents. The garden waste is shredded using our chipping machine, in which some garden waste is used for composting and some for footpaths and around plants to reduce unwanted weeds.
As a final note, you are encouraged not to have your luggage wrapped with plastic as plastic is non-biodegradable item. When thrown away it takes over 100 years for it to degrade.
Six Senses Fiji has committed to employing locally, with a large percentage of the hosts being of Fijian nationality. The resort offers internships to high-performing school children and work experience opportunities for university students majoring in tourism.
Fijian Development Program
We will be offering apprenticeships and development programs to high potential Fijians with the goal to develop local talent.
Local Produce Supply Chain Development
The resort is working with a number of cottage industries in order to increase local orders and to improve the local economy.
Specifically Six Senses Fiji has collaborated with Rise Beyond the Reef. This NGO works with women in remote communities teaching them to create marketable goods, in the form of small homewares and crafts, using traditional skills. These goods are used in our villas and restaurants and you can find items on offer in the resort boutique. The profit from these products goes into alleviating poverty in the communities.
At Six Senses Fiji we make every effort to inform guests and hosts about the coral reef ecosystem and about responsible behavior in the reef environment. Scientists are contracted to quantitatively monitor the reef and advise management when needed.
We endeavor to keep our reefs healthy by:
Informing all visitors about responsible snorkeling and diving behavior
Installing mooring buoys for boats to avoid anchor damage
Not carrying out any destructive night-fishing activities for guest amusement
Not engaging in coral transplantation or propagation projects of dubious value
Discouraging both guests and hosts from feeding wildlife and fish
Encouraging guests to leave all shells, coral pieces and sand on the beach or in the reef
Not selling any shells, coral or other animal products in our boutique