A Longstanding Dedication To Sustainability
Over the course of our existence, Jetwing Beach has joined our family of hotels on the bustling Negombo strip in a collective commitment to a number of sustainable initiatives. From preserving our environment to supporting our communities, our dedication as a responsible citizen remains at the heart of our operations, continues to inspire us as a progressive symbol of sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka, and the world.
Energy and Carbon
In 2009, Jetwing Beach became the first hotel in Sri Lanka to use a centralised hot water system with solar thermal panels. This renewable energy application is especially useful in meeting the hot water requirements of our entire property during daytime. In the nights however, a dedicated biomass boiler is used to provide hot water, and is operated with the use of sustainably harvested cinnamon wood.
Water and Waste
An onsite effluent treatment plant treats 100% of wastewater generated at Jetwing Beach. While the treated water is used for irrigation purposes, the sludge produced is used as a soil enhancer, ensuring that all produce from the plant contributes towards our sustainable initiatives.
Additionally, all garden sweepings and other tree clippings from the garden of Jetwing Beach are composted using a traditional above ground compost pile. The product compost is then also used a nutrient rich soil enhancer in our gardens.
Community and Culture
Our Jetwing Naturalists lead a number of knowledge-sharing initiatives such as lectures and workshops at local schools in the area. These focus on the preservation of the environment and our biodiversity, along with discussions of prevailing issues such as waste management and environmental pollution. In addition, Jetwing Beach joins our family of hotels in Negombo in its collaborative maintenance of a ward at the Negombo Teaching Hospital as part of our commitment to the wellbeing of our local communities.
Sourcing and Production
Jetwing Beach hosts an organic garden sprawled over an approximate space of 1 acre. Produce from this garden includes vegetables, fruits, and herbs, which are used in our hotel kitchens to prepare exquisite meals for your palate. It is also worth mentioning that the garden is irrigated from a treated waterline from the wastewater treatment plant, while diluted slurry from the biogas digester is used as an organic fertiliser. A large poly-tunnel greenhouse has also been established onsite, for the cultivation of produce in controlled environments. For improved water efficiency, the crops are drip irrigated, while selected varieties of herbs are also grown in hydroponic systems. The Orchid Nursery at Jetwing Beach is also a noteworthy mention, eliminating the need for store-bought decorative flowers across the property.
As with our family at Jetwing Blue, the sap from coconut trees that tower over our property is tapped and used to produce treacle. This in-house concoction is fermented by a local treacle maker onsite, and produced exclusively for use within our family of hotels. Jetwing Beach also sources glass water bottles from our dedicated bottling plant at Jetwing Blue nearby.