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At Balsam Lake Lodge, we believe that luxury and sustainability go hand in hand. As stewards of the beautiful environment that surrounds us, we are dedicated to implementing eco-friendly practices, reducing food waste, and sourcing ingredients sustainably. Here’s a closer look at the steps we’re taking to ensure a greener, more responsible resort experience for our guests.

Sustainable Sourcing

One of the cornerstones of our sustainability efforts is our commitment to sourcing ingredients locally and sustainably. By partnering with nearby businesses and producers, we not only support the local economy but also reduce our carbon footprint. Here’s how we do it:

  • Local Partnerships: We collaborate with local vendors who share our commitment to sustainability. This ensures that our ingredients are fresh, seasonal, and responsibly sourced.
  • Organic and Fair Trade: Whenever possible, we choose organic and fair trade products. This not only promotes healthier options for our guests but also supports ethical farming practices and fair wages for workers.

Reducing Food Waste

Food waste is a significant challenge in the hospitality industry, but at Balsam Lake Lodge, we’ve implemented several initiatives to minimize it:

  • Comprehensive Waste Audits: Regular waste audits help us identify areas where food waste can be reduced, from kitchen prep to plate waste.
  • Portion Control: By carefully managing portion sizes, we ensure that guests receive satisfying meals without excessive leftovers.
  • Creative Use of Ingredients: Our chefs are trained to use every part of an ingredient, turning what might be considered waste into delicious dishes. For example, vegetable scraps become flavorful stocks, and day-old bread is transformed into croutons.
  • Food Donations: Unserved, safe-to-eat food is donated to local food banks and shelters, helping those in need while reducing waste.

Eco-Friendly Practices

Beyond our kitchen, we are committed to making our entire resort more environmentally friendly:

  • Energy Efficiency: We’ve invested in energy-efficient appliances, lighting, and HVAC systems. Additionally, our buildings are designed to maximize natural light and ventilation, reducing our reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning.
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling: We have a robust recycling program for paper, plastic, glass, and metal. Composting organic waste also helps us reduce landfill contributions and enrich our gardens.
  • Eco-Friendly Amenities: In our guest rooms, you’ll find refillable toiletries, bamboo toothbrushes (upon request), and organic cotton linens. These small touches significantly reduce single-use plastic and promote a more sustainable stay.

Community Involvement

Sustainability isn’t just about what we do within our resort; it’s also about fostering a culture of environmental responsibility in our community:

  • Community Cleanups: Our team regularly participates in local cleanups, demonstrating our commitment to preserving the natural beauty of our surroundings.
At Balsam Lake Lodge, we are passionate about providing an exceptional guest experience while safeguarding our planet for future generations. We invite you to join us on this journey towards sustainability, where every stay contributes to a greener, more sustainable world.