At the Indus River camp, we strive to operate under eco principles but, as a relatively new camp, in isolated Ladakh, there are certain financial and geographical limitations.
We do not use plastic bottles for water. We serve our guests' fresh spring water. For toiletries, we have refillable shampoo and shower gel containers.
However, running a kitchen in Ladakh requires many goods that come in single-use plastic. Many hotels will throw around words like sustainable and plastic-free without any thought.
We promise to be transparent in all our attempts to become sustainable.
We welcome and encourage any help or suggestions to how we can improve our camp in this regard.
Problems we face:
There is no waste management system or recycling facilities in Leh. The transportation of material to recycling plants is costly and damaging to the environment. The most effective way to dispose of rubbish is to burn it which is not ideal so we are constantly looking for suggestions for how we can creatively or practically employ garbage on site.
Despite the abundance of flowing water next to our property, water is scarce in Ladakh and we are able to be more conservative with our water.
A majority of food products that enter the UT of Ladakh, come in single-use plastic or Tetrapak cartons
To understand more about the environmental challenges that Leh faces with increased tourism, please read this article