The environment matters to us and our guests at Overleaf Lodge & Spa. Our decisions to provide the very best in guest services also means that we find eco-friendly solutions to reduce our impact on the environment.
Most recently, we’ve partnered with the Yachats Food Waste Recycling Program to make excellent use of our kitchen food scraps. Three times a week our collected scraps are picked up and then distributed to a local pig farm as viable food for their free-ranging pigs. We’re told they love the stuff!
In doing so, we avoid adding food scraps to the landfill. Food scraps trapped in landfills produce methane, a greenhouse gas that affects the earth’s temperatures and climate. So, rest assured, as you enjoy your breakfast at Overleaf Lodge, know that your food scraps are not going to waste. We don’t use paper plates, either, which reduces trash and is kind to our forests.
For guests who drive electric vehicles—a great choice for reducing your environmental footprint!—we’ve installed two chargers, one for standard EVs and one for Teslas, at the east side of the Overleaf Lodge parking lot. We plan to install more chargers in the future. Guests can make a charging appointment at the front desk or by calling ahead.
Inside Overleaf Lodge, you’ll notice little things, too. In every bathroom, we’ve installed soap, shampoo and conditioner dispensers, instead of single-use containers, to cut down on the use of plastic. A blue recycling bin can be found in each guest room for the disposal of plastics, glass or cans, which we properly recycle after check-out.
We have hydration stations, too, so guests can refill their reusable flasks instead of buying a plastic bottle of water. One water station is in the lobby and the other is at Overleaf Spa. Forgot to bring a reusable water bottle? Visit our lobby gift shop to purchase a keepsake bottle with the Overleaf Lodge & Spa logo.
Outside Overleaf Lodge, we care deeply, too. We make annual contributions to the Cape Perpetua Collaborative, which is dedicated to fostering conservation of the Cape Perpetua area through research and education. South of us, Cape Perpetua is a stunningly beautiful and ecologically diverse marine landscape that is truly worthy of perpetuation. Our guests voluntarily donate $1 per night of their stay to the collaborative. We also make annual contributions to View the Future, a Yachats-based nonprofit that maintains the 804 Trail adjacent to Overleaf Lodge. Guests of The Fireside Motel, our sister property, make voluntary donations to this nonprofit, $1 per night of their stay.
Together, we are making a real difference for the environment!