VRF (Variant Refridgerant Flow) Inverter air-conditioning system is used to cool all our guest rooms, equipped with in-room temperature remote controllers. VRF technology focuses on energy efficiency and uses the greener R410A refridgerant gas - a much better alternative than the common ozone-depleting R-22 gas.
The waste heat from our VRF air-conditioning system is then harvested and used for the heating of our water systems to supply hot water for all the guest bathrooms. This is done by using the latest heating systems technology to reuse heat waste and turn it into energy.
100% of our hotel lighting solutions are using energy-saving and LED bulbs.
100% of our rooms are smoke-free. Smoking is strictly prohibited within the indoor areas of the hotel and is restricted to designated outdoor area, currently set to be at ground level and level 5. With smoke-free rooms and indoor areas, The LimeTree Hotel has a more environmentally-friendly setting with less allergens.
Our dining outlets no longer use plastic straws. Bamboo straws, rice straws and steel straws are used for various types of beverages, and some drinks are served with no straws of any sort. Bamboo and steel straws are reusable and always handled with care, and rice straws are compostable and biodegradable.
Our takeaway/to-go boxes for packed breakfasts and lunches are made out of bagasse, reclaimed sugarcane pulp. This box is therefore compostable and biodegradable.
Our mini-fridges run on low power wattage and only selected rooms are equipped with mini-fridges to reduce usage. Mini-coolers of low power consumption are available for loan free of charge.
All-in-one citrus body wash and shampoo solution is provided in all bathrooms. Made exclusively for The LimeTree Hotel, it contains no parabens, no silicones and no chemicals that are harmful to our waterways.
The body wash and shampoo solution is provided through a push-button dispenser instead of miniature bottles - millions of which end up in landfills every year.
Used plastic drinking water bottles of PET 1 plastic provided in our guest rooms are sorted, collected and sent for local recycling. Our recycling partner Triple-C Recycle turns them into small pellets resembling grains of rice, and sells to companies to manufacture plastic furniture, vehicle spare parts and household products. Our hotel also participates in recycling and sustainability programs organised by our local council.
In an effort to reduce the provision of plastic drinking water bottlesto guests and to create awareness for it, we have installed a water station at the lobby area, available for everyone to get free water refills for their drinking bottles. This water station uses UV for water purification.
Single-serve coffee by Nespresso are sold at our cafe and bar. We use it because its machine uses single-serve pods and capsules which consistently creates the exact amount of coffee using the same configured amount of water and power, thereby conserving energy whenever making each great cup of coffee. Nespresso coffee capsules are made out of 100% recyclable alumimium. Apart from participating in Nespresso's recycling program to recycle the aluminium of the used capsules and pods, we also have our own recycling initiatives where used coffee grounds are separated and used as compost at our lime plantation.
Our used cooking oil is sold to our recycling partner FatHopes Energy, a waste-to-energy company whose primary focus is to collect and convert waste oil into biodiesel. With this, we are assured of the conversion of used cooking oil into an ecologically beneficial energy stream and the efforts to keep waste oil from polluting our waterways.
Used pulp and skin from our lime fruits are used to make bio-enzyme solutions as cleaning agents. This 100% natural solution is highly effective as degreasers, and is a great alternative to commerical cleaning products which contain harsh chemicals. This solution is used in our kitchen and is available for purchase at our gift shop.
The 90-year old iron-wood belian table and chair set at LimeLight Rooftop Lounge is made entirely from recycled timber only. The belian wood pieces, some of which were parts of houses, had been salvaged from villages in the Sarawak jungles, carefully treated and hand-assembled by the talented people at Asiana Gallery. Hopefully this piece can serve as a social-ecological reminder on forest conservation and the appreciation of antique wood craft.
The LimeTree is also committed to continuously adopt green practices within the hotel in support of environmental sustainability. The LimeTree Hotel is a proud member of Travelife and strives to meet the Travelife criteria in improving sustainability of our hotel operations whilst protecting the planet and supporting local communities. LimeTree has achieved Gold Certification for Travelife Accomodation Sustainability.
One of our commitments is respecting children's rights and protecting children from all forms of exploitation. In support of our local community and with the commitment to our corporate social responsibility (CSR), our hotel team visits children's homes and donates necessities, with our most recent visit to Nur Murni Children's Home in Kuching. The LimeTree is also working with Hope Place, a non-governmental organization (NGO) which aims to help the underprivileged people of Kuching.
Management and staff are required to practice in keeping the good habit to always REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE, where regular trainings are held for awareness and to keep all informed about the progress of our efforts. An annual sustainability report for the hotel will be produced at the end of each year.
For infection control activities, the use of face masks is mandatory for all employees and guests in public areas except during dining. Signage and information systems are in place to ensure that guests, staff and visitors are aware of hand hygiene protocols. Medical and reusable face masks are available for purchase from our gift shop.
Our lobby has a special automatic bin (touch-free bin) and arrangements in place for the safe handling of potentially infected waste e.g. mask and gloves. At this point, our council does not have a dedicated special waste collection mechanism for used masks and gloves; however we are determined to create awareness about the collection of disposable masks and the cons of its polypropylene plastic material, by first instilling the good habit of proper disposal of such items.
Hand washing and hand sanitization stations located at key locations (e.g. entry points, public areas, guest floor areas, dining areas, staff areas) with systems in place to ensure that these remain stocked and operational at all times. Two types of sanitizers are provided: Alcohol-based at 75% and Non-alcohol-based (Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) Disinfectant). Gentle on hands, these sanitizers are available for purchase from our gift shop. Our housekeeping team uses both types to disinfect various areas in the room during cleaning.
The use of the non-alcohol, water-based Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) Disinfectant, namely Neuthox is highly encouraged due to its eco-friendly properties. Proven to be effective in killing 99.99% of germs and made with advanced Denmark technology using salt, water and electricity, this disinfectant is 100% non-toxic and is biodegradable.
Doing our part for the environment is important. And every little bit helps.