“Designed with contemporary imagination and centuries-old Indonesian traditions, Katamama and each of its suites has been hand-finished with an eye and touch for detail and a consideration for what is sustainable. Custom-made midcentury-modern furniture, hand-dyed fabrics, locally sourced amenities, outdoor lounge and contemporary artwork by Indonesian creatives make our hotel an atmospheric home from home.”
Desa Potato Head is an Indonesian lifestyle and hospitality brand. “We believe that our approach to sustainability has led us to a far better experience for the consumer. We do not want to be the people that deliver a sub-standard sustainable answer. We know we can make the best products for our customers and not sacrifice the guest experience. Sustainable can be beautiful, sustainable can be exceptional. We focus our efforts in 3 areas to follow a zero waste philosophy: Product – Beautiful x Sustainable, Education – Local x Global Changemakers & Action – First Mover x Commitment.
MOVING FOR TOMORROW
Sustainability management // Sustainable management is clearly documented & implemented
Staff engagement // Staff are engaged with development & implementation of the sustainability goals
Sustainable building & design // Use of sustainable and local materials, art/crafts in design and furnishing
Access for all // Site and activities are accessible for all
Guest awareness // Promotion & communication are accurate and transparent regarding the company sustainability practices
Equal & local employment // Local residents are given equal opportunities for employment including management positions
Local & organic purchasing // When purchasing, the company gives priority to local, Fairtrade and organic suppliers
Efficient purchasing & packaging // The company carefully manages the purchasing of goods and packaging in order to minimize waste
Energy conservation // Equipment and practices are used to minimize energy use
Water conservation // Equipment and practices are used to minimize water use
Waste management // A waste management plan is in place with actions to reduce, separate and reuse or recycle waste
No single use plastic // The company does not use single use plastic
Biodiversity conservation // The company actively supports, protects and promotes local biodiversity and wildlife
Cultural interaction & heritage // The company demonstrates awareness of local cultural interaction & heritage
Community support // The company supports its local community through various contributions
Preserving local natural sites // The company supports and preserves local natural sites
Community sustainable guidance // The company offers sustainability awareness and guidance to its local community
KATAMAMA DETAILED ACTIONS
1.Sustainability Management: Potato Head has been fully committed to the Zero Waste Philosophy for many years with a full program for best product sourcing, waste separation, waste handling and recycling.
2.Staff Engagement: Staff is fully engaged. A wide-reaching program of training during orientation and during regular training with all departments in support of Potato Head Sustainability and ‘Do Good’ programs.
3.Sustainable Buildings & Design: Ensuring that the buildings are as efficient as possible, using external consultants and establishing annual goals for Green House Gas emissions (encompassing our Energy, Waste and Water goals).
4.Access for All: All of our properties in Seminyak are disabled friendly.
5.Guest Awareness: Guest awareness has been a key element to Potato Head Sustainability program. In 2018 they have opened their first Zero Waste restaurant in Indonesia and along with that the Sustainism Lab, in order to share what they’ve learnt, but also to inspire others, demonstrating their in-house recycling workshops.
6.Focusing on Supporting Equal Local Employment: Potato head is an Indonesian company and have always strived to ensure the highest levels of training and development are provided for all staff, to ensure their happiness and advancement.
7.Local and Organic Purchasing: Since 2016, Potato Head has run a comprehensive farm-to-table program. This program has helped to support the local community, reduce carbon emissions and reduce packaging.
8.Efficient Purchasing & Packaging: Working daily with local producers to make their packaging more sustainable. A belief that nearly all packaging can be reusable and returned to the supplier.
9.Energy Conservation: In 2017, Potato Head was amongst the first hospitality companies in Indonesia to become Climate Neutral under the UN’s Climate Neutral Now scheme. More importantly, they have established goals of Green House Gas reduction since then and from 2017-2018 saw a 9% reduction.
10.Water Conservation: The site has installed a Salt Water Reverse Osmosis Plant (SWRO) to produce drinking quality water through bottling plant to guests. The SWRO draws de-oxygenated sea water from deep wells, so as not to further degrade the levels of water available to the local community. Also employing a grey-water system, which utilises used water onto the gardens.
11.No single-use plastics: Not using plastic straws, bags (even garbage bags), bottles, styrofoam, cups, cup lids etc.
12.Biodiversity conservation: “At Desa Potato Head, we have and will continue to protect and plant as many native trees as possible. As can be seen in the centre of our new Beach House and car park, we have gone to great lengths to design our buildings around these beautiful pieces of natural history.”
13.Cultural Interaction & Heritage: Deeply engaged with the cultural heritage of both Bali and Indonesia and share this with guests through cultural programming. Desa Potato Head hosted the first ‘Indonesia Now’ event, a showcase of local talent and creativity. Indonesia Now will move to a selection of festivals and events around the world,
14.Supporting Local Community: Fully supporting local community.
15.Preserving Local and Natural Sites: Potato Head has designated local sites of historical and spiritual connection and have practices to protect, sustain and more recently to improve them.
16.Community Sustainable Guidance: Inviting and sending instructors to various companies and schools in the area to share what they’ve learnt about sustainability. This is in addition to the internship programs, which Potato Head feels is very important to inspire the next generation of changemakers in the community.