Since opening in 2019, The Apurva Kempinski Bali has remained committed to a sustainable future. This iconic resort has implemented various initiatives and partnerships to reduce the carbon footprint of weddings and agriculture. For example, the resort has been replacing single-use plastic, such as straws, with biodegradable products. The resort has also been using the rooftop space to grow various types of greens for a more sustainable kitchen in the resort. Plants are grown in a hydroponic and soil cultivation system. The Green Linen Artefact was introduced to the guests as a way to enhance their local experience and reflect the true craftsmanship of Kempinski. In collaboration with Diversey, the ‘Linens for Life’ program provides free face masks made from clean and hygienic discarded hotel linen to people in the local community who are in need. Meanwhile, the Soap for Hope program provides at-risk people with access to soap, and information about how and when to use it. Soaps from the resort are cut and disinfected and pressed together to form new soap bars.
“By introducing new initiatives, we strongly believe that we can inspire people to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of their daily lives,” General Manager Vincent Guironnet shared. “This becomes even greater when partners come together, generating new ways of thinking, and making a difference.”
With an eye for balanced culinary offerings, the resort created the ‘Apurva Kempinski’s Sustainable Agriculture Program’, a comprehensive farming and training initiative in which the award-winning resort, through a partnership with Samsara Living Museum, supports the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices. Throughout the regular 12-month program, the Apurva Kempinski’s hydroponic farming and organic experts will support Samsara Living Museum’s agriculture team in addressing challenges by sharing the skills and know-how to farm more sustainably, knowledge the institution will pass on to the broader community. The program will drive an increase in the production of sustainable produce in Bali and reinforce the recipient communities’ business and management skills. This includes the promotion of sustainable farming practices to increase the quality of the produce, supply-chain management and quality control throughout the chain.
The ‘Sustainable Agriculture Program’ will be conducted onsite at Samsara Living Museum through a series of interactive training sessions and group work practices. The project utilizes part of Samsara’s land to grow the resort’s most-required organic crops, such as tomatoes, chili, eggplants, the ginger family, herbs and edible flowers, which will be purchased by the resort. In addition, Samsara’s current farming system and Bali’s traditional plants inspire the resort’s team to cultivate such plants in its own rooftop garden.
Vincent Guironnet, General Manager of The Apurva Kempinski Bali, commented on the initiative: “At The Apurva Kempinski Bali, we are committed to protecting the earth and Indonesia’s cultural heritage for future generations. We are delighted to partner with Samsara Living Museum for this exciting program and to work together to strengthen the sustainable economy of Bali, reignite the area’s potential and boost the livelihood of farmers.”