Our commitment with the environment comes from long ago, with the Sítio Pé na Terra, in Novo Hamburgo, an ecological icon of the 90s. Around here, the care is shown in the careful placement of the buildings – surgically implanted in the woods – and the treatment of water, unique in this region. But there’s more:
SOLAR POWER PLANT: since January 2018, Pousada do Engenho has been completely self-sufficient in electricity thanks to the activity of a solar power plant, operating within the property. In addition to being a clean, renewable and sustainable energy source, the plant has many advantages for the environment and people's health, as there is no emission of polluting gases or other types of waste. Until July 2021, the plant generated 226566.50 kWh and also an equivalence of 610 cultivated trees, savings of R$ 192,580.00 and a reduction of more than 225 tons of carbon dioxide, in addition to stabilizing the tension in the neighborhood, generating a more reliable electricity for consumers in the region.
WATER: almost the totality of the water consumed comes from a spring.
ALKALINE WATER - through a partnership with the filter company AQUALIVE, since September 2019, Pousada do Engenho has been offering its guests free high-quality alkaline drinking water (PH 9). For this purpose, glass bottles with stainless steel lids and the company's brand were developed, which are available to guests for the consumption of this fabulous water. This measure aims to reduce the production of plastic waste (pet bottles) and also contribute to the health of guests. In addition to this free water, the inn offers sparkling and still mineral water for sale in glass bottles of a renowned brand in the market.
SEWERAGE SYSTEM: all of our sewer is treated in absorption drains
VEGETABLE GARDEN: we have an organic vegetable garden that supplies our kitchen with herbs, condiments and some vegetables
ORGANIC PRODUCTS: Whenever possible, due to the limitations of local markets, we use organic products, such as our jams and jellies.
GARBAGE – we separate our organic garbage, which is then used as fertilizer in our vegetable garden
SWIMMING POOL / OFURO: instead of traditional chlorine based treatments, we use a modern salt based method, which eliminates the residual chlorine content
GARDEN: every single care taken with the garden is ecological, and no chemical product is used, under no circumstance.
ZENITAL LIGHTING - all our cabins, as well as different rooms in the inn, have sunroofs (skylights) that provide natural lighting, resulting in considerable electrical energy savings and an excellent ally in combating humidity, since sunlight It's one of the best ways to fight mold.
ZLETRIC– in partnership with ZLETRIC we implemented our green parking space, the first charging point for electric cars in São Francisco de Paula. The parking space is located inside the inn and will supply our guests' electric cars, as well as being available for non-guests upon reservation. Long live the green!