Green Policies & Water Saving
I change myself, I change the world. Gloria Anzuldua, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
Since taking over Knysna Manor House in 2007, we have implemented policies that ensure that our guesthouse has as little impact on the planet as possible.
All biodegradable waste is composted
All paper, glass and plastics are recycled
Our guesthouse of 13 rooms produces less waste than an average family household
You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself - Nelson Mandela
SOUTH AFRICA IS CONSIDERED TO BE A WATER SCARCE COUNTRY and, if the
current rate of water usage continues, demand is likely to exceed supply at some point in the not-too-distant future. The improvement of water conservation, water quality and water-use efficiency is a key national priority, when compared against a global rainfall average of 870 mm per year, the country only receives 450mm. This makes South Africa the world’s 30th driest country. Some projections estimate that South Africa already exploits about 98% of its available water supply
All Water from the laundry at Knysna Manor House is used as "grey" water in the garden, and for washing outside areas
Knysna Manor House encourages guests to take quick showers, reuse towels for more than a day, and only change bed linens every three days.
Rainwater is collected and used for the garden and swimming pool.