Our Social Responsibilities & Initiatives at Havelock Island, Andaman

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Nature has always been the biggest bounty in the history of all living beings. As humans, we have a responsibility to our future generations – to leave them with a clean, sustainable and habitable planet. Because of our increased carbon footprint, we must take some drastic measures to curb it and make the Earth a little greener.

Barefoot at Havelock, Andaman, is a one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly resort where every detail is well thought through. We strive to reduce, reuse and recycle, hence providing our guests with the most authentic Andaman experience possible. We believe in giving back to our community and we do our bit to keep the island green. Listed below is what sets us apart.

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Caring for the environment

Established in 1995, Barefoot at Havelock was called the ‘Jungle Resort’ back then. Endemic trees were planted across the property, replacing the banana plantations. Today, the jungle that we raised in harmony with the surrounding environment gives the resort an aesthetic that derives from the natural beauty of the Andamans. The number of birds and animals that we harbour and are spotted frequently stands as a testament to the eco-friendly measures Barefoot has undertaken over the years. In fact, we don’t have pathway lighting for the night and instead provide guests with medium luminosity torches so that the resident owls are not disturbed!

Our buildings are constructed using renewable, natural resources such as wood (sourced from plantations which have a certified replanting programme), cane, and thatch. They are built on stilts so that they do not interfere with the flow of the runoff after the rains. Located merely 100 metres away from the magnificent Radhanagar Beach, we feel responsible to preserve its beauty. So, we often embark on beach clean-up missions to clear the trash. In a recent initiative, our guests are helping take plastic waste out of the islands so that they can be properly recycled.

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Conserving resources


Our source of water is our very own perennial mountain spring that feeds into a pond. We have two more ponds and two open wells where we harvest rainwater. This has allowed us to leave the municipal water supply system entirely to our neighbours in the village. The flush cisterns have been modified to require less water per flush. We ensure minimum wastage this way.

Recycling
 

We have an in-house Reverse Osmosis plant that supplies water for drinking and kitchen use. Our guests are urged to refill their bottles with safe water and avoid buying single-use plastic. The reject from the RO plant is used for gardening and has been tested 100% safe for the purpose. Wastewater and sewage from the kitchen flow into grease traps and septic tanks respectively for basic treatment, following which the wastewater goes into soak pits. Natural purification processes then take over, ensuring that the groundwater is not polluted. We recharge the dug wells with such desilted water and ensure the cycle of rainwater harvesting.

Wastewater and sewage from the kitchen flow into grease traps and septic tanks respectively for basic treatment, following which the water goes into soak pits. Natural purification processes then take over, ensuring that the groundwater is not polluted. Thus, the dug wells are also recharged. The food waste from the restaurants and the kitchen are composted, which then goes into our farms as manure for the cultivated crops. We do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers that can rob the soil of its natural nutrients. Our guests enjoy the thoughtfully curated organic menu at the restaurants.

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Empowering the local community

Guests are encouraged to have conversations with members of staff to learn about the local way of life. Learning about a new culture is always a rewarding experience. What could be more authentic than hearing first-hand stories from the people who are one with the island!

We treat community service as a moral obligation. We support local businesses by sourcing nearly all the ingredients, apart from those from our own farms, for the food that we serve at our restaurants from the local farmers, fishermen and other vendors on the island. We are sustainable and grow our own fruits and vegetables as well.

These are small ways how we contribute to our surroundings. By choosing to stay at Barefoot at Havelock, our guests also contribute to these causes by supporting and encouraging us to keep these efforts going at all times.

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