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“The lodge fits its environment like a glove - from the freindly staff to the design of the lodge and its rooms, to its ethos of environmental friendly policies, this place really does meet and surpass your expectations.” LoveS_Travel_71, TripAdvisor, June 2010
minimal damage to the environment
• solar power: Feynan exclusively generates its own electricity through
solar/photovoltaic (PV) panels and is not connected to the electricity grid. In order to
efficiently utilize stored energy, only essential electrical appliances are used, and
those employed are certified to use very low amounts of energy. The kitchen,
washrooms and office are the only areas electrically lighted with CFL 8 watt bulbs.
Appliances such as the refrigerators in the kitchen are Energy Star (US rating) or
A/A+ (EU rating) certified. Laundry is air dried, reducing the need for energy
consuming driers. Batteries store 54kWh, enabling the lodge to store 3 days worth of
electricity to account for cloudy days.
• solar heating: To hear water, an extensive solar heating system is in place that
provides all necessary hot water for the kitchen, guests, and washing machines (the
washing machines do not heat water electrically).
• limited water consumption: The lodge is kept hydrated by local spring water
from one of the nearby Wadi Dana springs. Kitchen water use is strictly controlled
while aerators limit water flow from room faucets and showers.
• heating: Due to warm climate at Feynan, heating is only required for a short part of
the year. For 60-90 evenings each winter, waste from olive pressing known as jift in
Arabic or olive pit charcoal is burned in the two fireplaces at the lodge to provide
heat. This preserves Jordan's trees and utilizes a renewable source of energy that is a
natural by-product of Jordan's annual olive harvest.
• composting: To minimise waste and utilise resources, the lodge has composting
facilities where all food excess and waste is transformed into fertilizer.
• recycling waste: Although only minimal amounts of paper and plastic are used on
site, most waste is recycled and recycling bins are placed in convenient locations
around the lodge for guests to take part in this important initiative.
• reusable material: Locally produced clay jars for water are placed in guest rooms to
avoid disposable plastic water bottles. Feynan Ecolodge is currently in the steps of
introducing reusable water bottles for hikes in an effort to further eliminate disposable
hiring locally and investing in socio-economic initiatives
In line with EcoHotels’s mission and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature’s (RSCN) policies to employ staff from local areas and communities, Feynan Ecolodge has an almost entirely local team working onsite. This helps create the uniquely authentic atmosphere in the lodge, while generating much needed income for surrounding communities. In addition, the candle-making and leather workshops on site give women in the community the opportunity to work to help support their families and showcase their art. All revenue generated from transportation to and from the lodge goes directly to the 40 or so drivers from the local Bedouin community. This revenue supplemental income to these drivers' families.