the good green stuff
Sensitive biomes such as ours where coastal forest, thicket, marshland and marine life meet, should be preserved and re-established. We believe it’s about living in balance with all and everything around us, being aware of the interconnectedness of everyone & all things.
The lightweight steel frame-&-timber structure designed in collaboration with Ikamva Architects in East London is on the forefront of eco-building technology in South Africa. Constructed by local contractor Villager Homes to have as small a carbon footprint as possible, we’ve only used material and products that were eco-friendly manufactured and/or biodegradable and/or recyclable, right down to the paint on the walls, detergents used & sanware in your unit.
• The carbon-fibre cladding is an inert material which does not harm the environment if it ends up in landfills.
• The artificial lawn on the Green Deck is manufactured from recycled plastic.
• The large glass windows and doors, aluminum framing and stainless steel are all recyclable.
• We have aimed throughout to take as little as possible from nature, and therefore have opted for vinyl flooring
that is made from recycled plastic, and MDF wood in the decor.
• All appliances and light fittings are rated for low electricity consumption.
• Hot water is generated by gas geysers.
• Outside solar lighting is used wherever possible.
• A grey-water system sees to garden watering needs when necessary.
• Rain water storage is in the pipeline.
• Solar cells provide most of the lodge’s electricity needs. The aim is to be completely self-sustaining
in our electricity needs in the very near future.
Our beautiful natural garden, created in collaboration with Chintsa-based landscaping company The Green Connection is 100% indigenous and water wise to the extend where, in a normal rainfall year, rainwater and our own grey water system should sort out any watering needs. To minimise our impact on the environment, it was designed to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding flora.
With eco-tourism being identified as a major source of economic growth in the Eastern Cape, various government and local initiatives are focused on community projects, such as Chintsa-based Volunteer Africa 32ᵒ South and The Unstressed Surf School to name only two.
Our own pet project is the African Angels Independent School in Layitemeni where quality primary & secondary school education for economically & socially disadvantaged children from local townships and surrounding farms are provided.
Purple Haze Eco Lodge is 420-friendly, meaning we are accepting of cannabis and cannabis users. Please note that we do NOT sell Cannabis or any other illegal substance on our premises.