GREEN FESTIVAL in Siem Reap

We are SO EXITED – Cambodias first recycling machine for hard plastic will turn into reality if we can raise enough money on Naga Earths Green Festival next Sunday!! 17626646_1358419477583601_4878428835395149524_nFor all of you travelers who have been here, and all of you who live here/have lived here – you know how much plastic there is laying around in the Cambodian countryside!

Companies like Rehash Trash and HUSK do a great job recycling soft plastic. And soft plastic bottles are being recycled in this country, and sold to Thailand or Vietnam. But for all the hard plastic in this country, every single toothbrush, lighter, comb, hanger, you name it – there is no recycle system!

The social enterprice Naga Earth is now changing this! Since 2008 Naga Earth has been helping local businesses and organizations to reduce their environmental impact. We at Babel Guesthouse give our used cooking oil to Naga Earth, and they turn it into biodiesel that we use in our generator. We also personally use their environmental friendly hand soap. Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 21.30.52Naga Earth has just started recycling paper, soft plastic and plastic bottles. Staff and Tuk Tuk drivers at Babel visited them for a workshop to learn how easy it actually is to recycle. Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 12.56.40But now (to our big excitement!!!) we can soon also recycle our hard plastic with Naga Earth. THIS is the machine they are in the prosess of building:plastic-recycling-machines-dave-hakkens-netherlands-green-design_dezeen_social_0For information about the machine, and how to recycle plastic, check out Precious Plastics webpage!

We have been storing our hard plastic for a while, and we are PROUD to say that Naga Earth has decided to use OUR plastic as the first plastic being recycled in the new machine when it´s finished. 17757931_10158383039535517_835454985_nHELP US MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!!

So – SAVE THE DATE – Naga Earths GREEN FESTIVAL April 9th, from 12.oo-16.00!!

Live music, food and drinks, fun games (very child friendly), recycling workshops and raffle!

We are selling raffle tickets at Babel Guesthouse from today, Sunday the 2nd of April.  1 ticket – 1 usd. 6 tickets – 5 usd. 14 tickets – 10 usd!

The raffle prizes are really amazing, look at this: 17741139_10158383733870517_23175540_n

Do you want to contribute and you´re not here?

Donate via our PAYPAL, and write an email to: katrine.solhaug@gmail.com with your name, and we´ll fix tickets for you. If you win, we will let you know. Then you simply have to come visit us at Babel to take use of the raffle ticket (hehe) or if you want you can give the prize to one of our staff or Tuk Tuk drivers.

For Norwegians, you can use our Norwegian bank account: 1503.18.55478. Please note the payment with “recycle plastic machine” and your name…

Looking back on year 2016

Another exiting year has passed in Babel Guesthouse, and now its time for reflection. We started the year with a wedding and an engagement – our wonderful service staff Chan Hov and Babel´s Tuk Tuk driver Mr. Kosal got married, and our front office Manager Sarun Ron got engaged with his girlfriend Phanna.

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Our cook Sopha and her husband, Tuk Tuk driver Mr. Heang´s, sons are growing fast. Our restaurant manager Sophea Salomon´s little girl can now almost walk. We also had kittens at Babel in the beginning of the year. They were really popular, especially amongst all the children visiting Babel.

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Saruns brother Kreum finally had his last surgery for his new eardrums. Now we don’t need to go to Phnom Penh any more, he just need to recover. Thanx to the Norwegian family Berntsen who sponsored the whole surgery, Kreum now has a new life – no more headache and dizziness!

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During the year we had a lot of groups staying in Babel. From Norway, Australia, France, USA, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong… from all over the world. We really do love to have groups staying in Babel. Its extra fun to make special packages of activities for different groups with different needs.

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We had a busy time during low season to clean up the garden and paint rooms. All staff and Tuk Tuk drivers helped out.

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But low season is also good for being social – doing things together outside Babel. All staff went to PHARE the Cambodian circus together. We also joined in on Cambodia’s biggest wine seminar, and learned a lot about wine from different parts of the world.

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When Simen and Katrine went to visit their family in Norway, Austalian Nicole stayed here with the staff at Babel. So now we have a new family member, and we are more than happy about having her with us!! All staff and all guests likes her very very much – we feel very lucky!

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Earlier this year we celebrated that we got 500 reviews on TripAdvisor. Our goal was to get 600 by the end of the year. We almost made it (only 7 reviews to go). We also managed to climb as high as number 5 on TripAdvisor. We are very very happy and proud of this!

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We think a lot of it has to do with our engagement with environmental thinking. The biggest new thing this year for Babel is our Refillable Water Bottles. 4,6 million plastic bottles ends up in the Cambodian countryside MONTHLY as a result of tourism. Our guests can now help us reduce this number by buying one of our refillable water bottles. They can refill it anytime they want in Babel for free. There are refill stations all over the country now, check out google map on refillcambodia.org.

We gave a bottle each to all our staff and Tuk Tuk drivers at Babel. They can refill with us for free, of course.

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We just finished a brochure for all the rooms with information about environmental and social initiatives in Babel Guesthouse.

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Of course, our bamboo straws are mentioned. By replacing plastic straws with reusable Bamboo straws in our restaurant, we save the Cambodian countryside around 13.200 plastic straws a year. The bamboo straws are available for sale at Babel, and they are very popular by our guests.

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We have replaced all the plastic bags in Babel with biodegradable bags. Also our take away boxes and take away cutlery are all biodegradable. And when we do our grocery shopping at Babel, we bring our green linen bags from HUSK.

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We donate our used cooking oil to Naga Earth, who produce bio diesel from it. We use this eco-friendly bio diesel in our generator. Babel now has fresh homemade additive-free jam from a social enterprise called Happytite. 3% of Happytite´s profit supports the food supply for Friends International´s social programs. ALSO – the jam comes in glass containers that we deliver back to them for refill.

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Personally, owners and staff at Babel have made some changes in our lives. We deliver all our used soft plastic to HUSK Cambodia – an amazing project who makes walls for houses out of plastic bottles filled with soft plastic. We say no to plastic bags and bring our own bags for grocery shopping. We made our food supplier stop bringing food in plastic bags. Eath brings his own cup for the ice coffee he buys on the street, and we all use our refillable water bottles. We try our best to buy vegetables that are not wrapped in plastic. We get our take away food delivered in our own boxes.

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We have also had many garbage picking events during the year. We love that people get engaged, we love to have people here at Babel who really cares about the environmet!

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Also we love that our environmental initiatives has gotten attention in both Norwegian and International media. This way we spread the word!

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There are many more ways to reduce plastic, and we feel like we have only just started. Here is a little video we made early 2016. Cant wait to get started on this years video. Step by step for a GREENER WORLD!!

 

What is YOUR contribution? IT´S UP TO ALL OF US! #thereisnoplanetb

Lots of love from all of us in Babel family!

And – HAPPY NEW GREEN YEAR!

Plastic: a tourism created problem, a tourism created solution! #refillNOTlandfill

todays Phnom Penh Post: Making an impact bottle-by-bottle

Three Siem Reap business owners are driving a conscientious effort to reduce the amount of plastic polluting the city with an initiative to replace one-use plastic water bottles with refillable ones.

Cambodia’s tourists alone have the potential to leave behind 130 million plastic bottles annually, according to Christian de Boer, Dean McLachlan and Katrine Solhaug. The trio launched #RefillnotLandfill Cambodia last year, and began contacting other businesses to convince them to adopt or sell the aluminium containers and to host free refill stations. babel-bottle

Each bottle is plastered with the participant’s logo and a map of refill points.

“Smaller businesses got involved first,” says de Boer, a hotelier who has helped develop Siem Reap as a tourist destination.

Cas Gravett, a co-owner of popular café Sister Srey, says she got involved out of a sense of communal responsibility. “We all have the choice to make a change for the environment,” she says. “We jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this movement.”

It was when Phare, the Cambodian Circus, came aboard that the project started to come together. Phare – which has a 300-seat arena – is one of the most popular attractions in Siem Reap and puts on nightly performances.

The organisation ordered 15,000 bottles, which it will provide to its “A Section” guests, according to marketing director Craig Dodge. He adds that it will prevent the sale of hundreds of bottles each night.

The cause is gaining momentum fast: 41,000 bottles have been ordered and personalised through Refill Not Landfill, and over 40 companies are already participating, including the Amansara Hotel and Hard Rock Café. The team says the bottles should be in action within the next few weeks.

With the support received so far, they estimate eliminating the use of more than 175 million plastic bottles over four years, based on tourism projections.

The project reflects a forward-thinking outlook for Siem Reap’s plastic landscape. Last week, a draft law was passed banning small plastic bags and implementing a charge for shopping bags at supermarkets, which could be enforced within the year.

And other initiatives, like HUSK – for which McLachlan also volunteers – are dedicated to reducing plastic litter. The organisation collects litre bottles and turns them into building blocks for schools and community centres.

The Refill Not Landfill trio are committed to bringing change through their own businesses. McLachlan, who manages a tour company, has started providing aluminium bottles for its student groups. De Boer’s Jaya House River Park hotel, set to open in December, has banned all plastic bottles and will furnish guests with the refillable ones for free.

Solhaug, who runs a small guesthouse called Babel, promotes responsible travel and attracts likeminded backpackers who want their wandering footprints to leave as little impact as possible.

The guesthouse would have struggled to come up with the funds for the minimum order (500 bottles) alone, but they were able to crowdfund them through Facebook. Solhaug plans to funnel income from sales back into education initiatives.

“People do care. We just need to create more awareness,” she says. “Together we have to fight plastic pollution. There is no ‘Planet B.’”

What Refill not Landfill desperately need now is more participants and repeat orders for the second round of bottles.

De Boer is clear about where the issue begins: with the growing number of tourists descending on Siem Reap. He hopes that more hotels, tour operators and guesthouse owners will join in and set an example for the industry.

“What we need now is for the big companies and chain hotels to collaborate,” de Boer says. “This is a tourism problem. It needs to be driven by the tourist industry.”

ALSO – read the related article “Cambodia´s hospitality, Tourism industry leads war on waste”

Human trafficking – Hope Challenge

Human trafficking is the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation.

There are 20.9 million estimated slaves worldwide – that´s three out of every 1000 people! $150 billion is made each year from forced labour – that´s over 4750 a second.

From six offices across three continents, Hope for Justice is fighting against human trafficking. They have rescued hundreds of people, including babies younger than one year old and adults up to the age of 63.Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 18.51.03In Babel Guesthouse we have had many years of Norwegian Tourism students living here with us for long periods of time. They learn about Responsible Tourism, and they help us spread the word about back sides of tourism – for example the term “orphan tourism”. Learn more here – Against Orphanage Tourism.

It´s always very exiting to have the students staying here, they all get very passionate about their studies. Two students ended up writing their Bachelor degree about Orphanage tourism, another made a radio program back in Norway addressing the issue. One student even arranged a whole debate in Bergen for hundreds of people, inviting companies who send volunteers as young as 18 years old with no skills to work with the most traumatized people in the world.

Now we are very proud to announce that Jan-Kenneth Polle, one of the first Norwegian Tourism students here in Babel, joined the Hope challenge where you to dedicate one day for Hope for Justice and help fundraise for one year of investigation and human trafficking rescue.

You set your own goal, a top or a mountain, and then you ride your bike up and down a hill as many times it will take to reach the top (in metres). Jan-Kenneths goal was “gammelvetten” – 1259 metres. Here he is with his Cambodian wife and child – preparing for the challenge: Jan-KennethAnd here he is after he DID the challenge: Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 19.51.45We are so happy and proud, and of course we had to donate money to this wonderful project. If YOU want to donate – simply click here!

Hope for Justice in Cambodia

Since 2006, Hope for Justice has been developing five innovative programs that assist survivors of sex trafficking in Cambodia. These include an assessment center for female survivors (all ages) and a 4-part restorative care program for female survivors under 18.

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More information about their programs in Cambodia here!

 

Against Orphanage Tourism

Warning! Katrine Solhaug from Stavanger runs a hotel in Cambodia. She explains how orphanages have become a tourist attraction in Cambodia – Children are being used, volunteer work is out of control!

This is the introduction to a very important article written in a Norwegian newspaper last year. Journalist Kine Haukali visited us at Babel, and she got so inspired by our focus on Responsible Tourism that she ended up writing a very informative article about it. We find this article so important that we decided to translate it to English, so it can reach out to more people! Feel free to share! (all pictures by Oyen Rodriguez). Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 13.44.26Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 11.17.54Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 13.47.32Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 11.19.43Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 14.43.05Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 13.56.37Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 11.21.24

The Tuk Tuk ride from the airport to the city center is short, but exciting. It is December, and high season for tourism in Cambodia. We pass by countless luxurious hotels, through mental traffic with no system at all, before the driver takes a turn into a charming little bumpy road. Here, in the heart of Siem Reap, surrounded by a tropical garden, lies Babel.

– You should have seen Cambodia seven years ago when I moved to Cambodia. There were almost no real roads and only a few luxurious hotels, and almost no cars in the streets – only motos. Then the tourism just exploded, explains Katrine Solhaug from Stavanger.

With a big smile she welcomes us with open arms. It has been five years since Katrine and her husband, Simen Julner, took over the running of Babel Guesthouse. The Hotel is a bit different than other places, promoting Responsible Tourism, Eco friendly thinking and Education for the staff and Tuk Tuk drivers.

Like Thailand, before it became “mainstream”. This is how the experienced backpacker describes this little country in Sounteast Asia, the country who is about to become the most “hip” tourist destination in the region. In 2010 Cambodia had about 2 million visitors. In 4 years only, the number has doubled. Siem Reap is the fastest growing city, because of the majestic temples of Angkor Wat. The country has everything an adventure seeking backpacker can dream of. The heritage, city life, cheap food, untouched islands with white sand beaches.

But Cambodia is still recovering from its dark history. In the 70´s around one forth of the population was slaughtered by Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge. Around 2 million people were killed, mostly educated people, artists and the opposition.

Through hundres of years with conflicts Cambodia has moved from being one of Asias most powerful empires to one of southeast Asias poorest country. Cambodia has major environmental challenges, challenges with the infrastructure and big challenges with its corruption. The country´s economy is struggling to get back on its feet, and Cambodia is now dependent on tourism! It´s not easy, and the gap gap between rich and poor is growing.

– Orphanage tourism, Katrine sighs. The term is well known in Cambodia. Orphans are “big business”. Orphanages are used as sightseeing. Some tourists are taken directly to the orphanages from their Hotel by bus; others are recruited from the streets.

The worst invitations are repulsive. Katrine shows us a flyer she got from pub street; “We invite you to full moon party. Come and dance with the children. First beer is for free”. Outside the Toul Sleng museum in Phnom Penh a policeman hands out a flyer to us “volunteer today! Make a difference, donate money”.

– We have seen many examples where the money donated by kind tourists are not being used on the children. Most of the children in orphanages in Cambodia are not even orphans. They are victims of this horrible industry, and they will be thrown on the streets as soon as they are not small and cute anymore.

The number of orphanages is growing fast. The biggest companies working for Children´s rights claim that orphanage tourism split poor families. Volunteer work out of control does not help the situation.

In Cambodia backpacking and volunteering walks hand in hand. Many orphanages have “drop in” classes where anyone can come and teach randomly for an hour or two, a day or two – “up to you”. The children will always be exposed to new “caregivers”, people who will disappear as quickly as they arrived. The volunteers often call it self-realization, but they forget to think about what they actually do to the children that are left behind, Katrine says.

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Katrine´s own traveling started after a visit to the movies. She was 18 years old; she had moved to Oslo and was about to start studying Social work. But then she watched the movie “The beach”, the adventurous thriller about backpacking and the seeking of the exotic and “unknown”.

– That movie changed my life. It sounds like a clishé, but it is actually true, Katrine laughs.

Higher education had to wait. Katrine wanted to explore the world and “find herself”. Two years traveling turned into three, then five, then ten. Katrine travelled for almost 12 years. She has visited over 50 countries. She has lived, studied and worked in countries like Spain, Malawi, Mexico and Nicaragua, and she speaks several languages. But when she entered Cambodia over seven years ago, her backpack was tucked away.

– I was send here to run a small hotel, with focus on Responsible Tourism. The employees got English classes, and the goal was for them to grow within the little hotel. From housekeeping to the kitchen, to the restaurant to the front office. Then move on to bigger hotels or other jobs with higher positions. Then we hired new people and trained them the same way. I really like this way of “giving back” to the local society.

She fell for the country and the people, and decided to stay in Cambodia. When Katrine and Simen decided to open their own hotel, they brought the sustainable approach one step further. They started a fond back home in Norway, “Solhaugfond“, with help from Katrine´s father John-Daniel Solhaug.

Today the fond gives support to Babel Education Program, which provides the staff and some of the Tuk Tuk drivers with higher education. Babel´s General Manager Eath Ihm is the first one of the staff to complete a Bachelor degree in english teaching.

– Hopefully he will also do a Master degree. We hope he will become a principle when he is done. Our thought is that Babel is “a step on the way” for our staff to reach their goals, and we hope that we can educate as many as possible this way. Education is only way to build up this country in the long run, Katrine claims.

Katrine is very passionate about Responsible Tourism and she is doing her best to spread the word about good and bad aid. Three years ago she started Globalstudies in cooperation with the University of Stavanger. This is a three months program where Norwegian students take part of their Bachelor degree in Tourism in Siem Reap. They learn all about Responsible Tourism, and learn how it works in practice, not only theory. Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 13.58.11Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 11.25.22

– I am strongly against short term volunteering. It is fantastic that people want to help, but short term volunteering can really do more harm than good. Unluckily we see examples of this in Cambodia all the time. In 2012 the TV-channel Al Jazeera revealed a number of serious aspects of the orphan tourism in Cambodia. The journalists pretended to be normal tourists, and as soon as they entered the orphanage they were set to teach English for the kids. When they later asked the manager if they could take the children out on a private tour, the answer was: “take whoever you want”.

Horrible, but not surprising, Katrine says. Many of the big, Norwegian organisations who sold “volunteering tours” in Cambodia, stopped the cooperation deals with the countries orphanages after Al Jazeeras documentary.

– Norwegian organisations often has good routines for volunteering, but there are many unserious actors in this industry, and it´s easy to be fooled. Its not always easy to know who to trust, even for us who live in Siem Reap. Orphanages and primary schools with open doors for volunteers and no Child Safe policy, are like heaven for pedophiles, Katrine claims, frustrated.

According to the organisation Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), 115 foreigners are convicted of sexual assault against children in Cambodia between 2003 and 2014. A higher number are “suspects”, and you can just imagine the unrecorded numbers.

Responsible Tourism is the key for change, Katrine claims.

– I know that many tourists and volunteers don´t know that they are causing more harm than good. People who donate money don´t know that this is a big industry. We can be much better responsible tourists.

With Google you can get all the information you need. On the sight thinkchildsafe.org, sponsored by Unicef, you can find a long list of good organisations you can support as a tourist – organisations who works to fight orphanage tourism. Through the same organisations you can find which hotels and restaurants that are their partners in this fight.

– We have to think further ahead, especially in poor countries. It is important for us as tourists visit projects and organisations that work for and with the locals, in a fair and responsible way. Everyone cannot change the world; sometimes the best alternative is to visit and support those who do.

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Earth day – there is no Planet B

Today is the worlds Earth Day – time for Babel to reflect on the year that has passed. At Babel Guesthouse we try our best to think green! Step by step we are making progress, finding new ways to save the Cambodian environment from plastic exposure! We want to cause as little damage as possible as a Guesthouse. Last year we stopped using plastic straws and replaced them with reusable Bamboo straws. During this year alone, we saved the environment around 13.200 plastic straws. We also placed new soap dispensers in every room of Babel, so we didnt have to use soaps covered with plastic in every room every day. And during the year we have been using green linen bags when we buy our groceries.Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 19.29.37These are small steps, but important steps for Babel to become a bit “greener”.

More trees – more oxygen, greener city! Earlier this year Babel donated a tree at the new site of Phare – the Cambodian Circus. The idea of planting trees and get much needed donations this way is wonderful, but the circus itself is also wonderful! We have always supported the circus, we always recommend this breathtaking show to all our guests! DCIM100GOPROGOPR1903.Luckily we have a lot of guests who are environmentally conscious, and we talk a lot with our guests about enviromental problems in Cambodia. Our guests seems to be very interested in the way we work trying to find new ways to be greener. We get compliments every day about our Bamboo straws, and people often ask us where they can buy them. We have gotten so many requests now, so we decided to order hundreds of them. So now we have Bamboo straws available for sale in packages of 10 here at Babel. Bamboo straws Babel Guesthouse (2)This really is fair trade (!!) as it is made by a local family who makes a living out of growing Bamboo on their land to make these wonderful ecofriendly straws.

Another wonderful fair trade little company is Kumae. They take use of African methods and make paper out of banana trees. The paper attached to the bamboo straws in the picture above is made by them. We went to the countryside to visit them a few weeks ago, to learn about the whole prosess of making this beautiful paper. For now Kumae is just a tiny little company (see the picture below) with only 6 staff. These 6 people used to live on the garbage dump, earning their living by collecting garbage. We hope this company will grow, and give as many people as possible from the garbage dump a better life. Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 20.49.58The company who took us to this field trip is Naga Earth. They produce bio diesel from used cooking oil. They gave us a container for our kitchen, that we fill up with our used cooking oil. When its full we give it to them so they can make bio diesel out of it. And for our generator at Babel Guesthouse, we will replace the harmful diesel that we now use, and we will start using Naga Earths ecofriendly bio diesel only. They also make soap, that we hopefully in the future can start using in the rooms at Babel. Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 21.30.52Another exciting change we are doing is to replace the awful take away boxes we have now with the biodegradable take away boxes made out of sugar cane. Ecosense is the name of the company – we are so excited to get the beautiful boxes here for our guests to use on their visit to majestic Angkor Wat! Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 21.19.04Every year Babel Guesthouse do a garbage picking event around the streets of Siem Reap, to create awareness about the growning problem with littering. This year the event was an initiative from Cambodian students from Build Bright University! How wonderful is that?

Of course Babel wanted to join in. The more the marrier. So we invited Soria Moria Boutique Hotel, Hostel 543, YOLO bar, Beatnik and Angkor What bar to come to Babel for a presentation about Plastic Pollution. We joined forces and sweated our way through the streets of Siem Reap along the riverside, picking as much garbage as we could. IMG_9958Here is a little video describing the way that we at Babel have been working to try to be greener during the last year. Hope you enjoy it!

There are so many other small things we can do save the Cambodian environment from plastic exposure and create awareness. We are eager to learn and we love to talk with our guests and friends about environmental problems and how to reduce our impact.

Remember – THERE IS NO PLANET B!!!

 

Green initiatives

8th of March – LETS CLEAN UP SIEM REAP! We love that this amazing initiative is by Cambodian students from Build Bright University. Together with staff at Shinta Mani they will start cleaning up the streets from Wat Loeu bridge to the Crocodile farm bridge on tuesday at 7.30.

Every year at Babel Guesthouse, we do a garbage picking event. We do this normally together with the Norwegian Globalstudies students staying here every year. During the event we collect donations from friends and family back home in Norway, and this money goes directly to Education for young Cambodians, including education for all the staff at Babel and several of our Tuk Tuk drivers. We have gotten a lot of articles in Norway because of these events, and this has helped creating awareness about the growing problem with plastic pollution. But it has also given us a necessary dontions in our Fond – and this way we are making a difference. Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 15.20.16

This year we decided to join forces with BBU and Shinta Mani and join in on the garbage picking the 8th of March. We will start at 10 am with a small presentation here at Babel about Plastic Pollution. Staff and Tuk Tuk drivers at Babel will join, and we are also inviting guests to join in. Soria Moria Boutique Hotel and the Living Quarters Hostel 543 already confirmed their perticipation, and more restaurants/bars in town are interestet. hele-gjengen-2011Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 14.09.37We have only ONE planet!

Siem Reap´s Hotels, Guesthouses, Restaurants, Bars, Cafees – JOIN US!! TOGETHER we can make HUGE differences for the environment!