LIFESTYLE: How We’re Making The Bower Sustainable

FIRST AND FOREMOST THE BOWER TEAM IS ALL ABOUT PROVIDING THE MOST UNFORGETTABLE LUXURY HOLIDAY EXPERIENCES IN THE BYRON REGION. OF COURSE WE GET AN INSTANT LEG UP WHEN BYRON HAS SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST ICONIC BEACHES, SURFING AND SWIMMING SPOTS, WALKS AND HIKES, PRISTINE, ANCIENT FORESTS, LUSH GREEN HINTERLANDS, THE CLEAN, CLEAR PACIFIC OCEAN IS OUR EASTERLY BOUNDARY AND THE CLIMATE IS, WELL PERFECT!

At the same time we’re absolutely committed to doing our bit to be sustainability and eco warriors and to protecting this magnificent environment for generations to come. 

From the outset we set ourselves goals that we could instantly achieve and we are always on the look out for other strategies we can work towards incorporating into our business on a daily basis.  We all try to walk the talk at home too, just as we know you will be.  It starts with the easy stuff like proper sorting and recycling of waste, being watchful of our energy consumption, choosing an open window over aircon, lights off when they’re not in use, saying goodbye to single-use plastic where possible, recycling and upcycling (and that’s been part of our design mantra forever), buying wise and to last and not to suit the 21st Century’s fast, disposable economy, being water-wise and so much more.


So we know about what we’re doing at home, but what about at The Bower?  How are we helping to safe-guard this piece of paradise for the future while ensuring your stay is the stuff of forever memories?  Here we go:

  • It starts of course with good design and crafting our accommodation for best natural airflow and maximum insulation.  It results in better, natural temperature control and less need for aircon.
  • We’re solar-powered. We’ve made a substantial investment in carbon offsetting our hotel with 132 solar panels generating nearly 37KW per hour during peak sunlight. So in daylight hours, we’re offsetting a significant amount of electricity preventing tonnes of carbon being released into the atmosphere. Last quarter we sent 4000kilowatt hours of electricity back to the grid for others to use. You can sit in your air-conditioned room (if you haven’t got the windows wide open) or swim in the heated pool guilt-free with the knowledge that the energy you’re consuming is coming straight from the sun.
  • LED lighting is our choice where possible to keep energy use lower.
  • We source as many sustainable, recycled products as possible to incorporate into our designs.  This has actually become one of the benchmarks of our signature style.
  • We love to support like-minded businesses such as Dharma Door whose commitment to sustainable, ethical production of their home décor products is absolute.
  • We request the environmental credentials from our suppliers
  • We use filtered water in refillable glass jugs for our guests
  • Poolside we’ve installed a Zip tap and have metal cups for refills
  • Where possible, we chose to have can options in our gourmet mini-bar rather than glass or plastic. Cans take less energy to recycle.
  • We’ve just swapped from using beautiful Kevin Murphy single-use minis to using Kevin Murphy refillable shampoo / conditioner / body soap / lotion.
  • We’re using less paper by choosing to go digital with check in forms, cleaning checklists, mini bar check lists and more.
  • We use organic, locally produced cleaning products.
  • We contract to a local, environmentally friendly linen hire company.
  • We’re offering services for the rooms (refreshing bed sheets and towels) as an opt-in every day rather than providing them automatically.
  • There are biodegradable garbage bags throughout.
  • We only use sustainable loo paper.
  • We offer bikes as transport for our guests with baskets too so they can buy the freshest, organic produce from the many local markets or take a picnic to the beach.
  • We bank with an enviro-conscious bank (yes they do exist) and any investment options we assess need to have an environmental impact conscious as well.