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.
Our natural garden, created in collaboration with Chintsa-based landscaping company The Green Connexion 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. Contact the owners for more information.
Spekboom (elephant bush)
We’re joining the Spekboom challenge, joining the growing movement planting this indigenous miracle plant fighting against CO2 emissions and balancing out our carbon footprint.
We pledge to plant a Spekboom for every guest visiting us at Purple Haze Eco Lodge this year.
You can help plant even more when making a booking through our website. (www.purplehazeecolodge.com)
Every booking through our website allows us to plant out two Spekboom instead of one, further reducing your carbon footprint.
Spekboom, Portulacaria afra, is one of South Africa’s miracle plants. This is due to its incredible ability to absorb and store carbon, which in turn helps reduce the carbon in the atmosphere. The ability of Spekboom to do this is truly impressive - Its said that Spekboom absorb four times as much carbon as the equivalent area of tropical forest.
Spekboom is indigenous to a large swathe of southern Africa, but the largest population of the plant is found in the Eastern Cape, where it dominates the landscape of the Thicket biome and plays an essential role in the local ecosystem, like feeding the elephants of the Addo, who can eat up to 200 kilograms a day.This also gives Spekboom its other name of “Elephant food”.
Spekboom can sequester carbon dioxide so effectively because they can utilise different forms of photosynthesis. When water is restricted or temperatures are high, Spekboom switch over to absorbing CO2 at night, which they store in their cells. When daylight comes they use this stored carbon to perform photosynthesis, generating oxygen and storing the carbon in new growth.
Its not just about reducing your carbon footprint either, Spekboom makes a waterwise display plant in gardens and creates microclimates for other plants, bugs and animals to flourish, improving overall ecological functions. It is also a valuable fodder plant for game animals and livestock, especially in times of drought. Humans can eat it too, with the slightly tart taste reminding you about the high amounts of Vitamin C the plant naturally contains.
Starting in February 2020 we will have "seed bombs" available on the Green Deck. Seed bombs are little balls of clay formed around the seeds of indigenous flowers and vegetables. Guests will be asked to throw a seed bomb into the garden around sunset. These bombs will lie dormant until conditions are optimum for them to flower. The early-season rain will dissolve the clay along with all its nutrients which would provide a fertile bed for the seed contained inside to flourish. All the flowers will be indigenous.