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SUSTAINABLE NOSARA

YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THINGS SUSTAINABLE IN NOSARA

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FURNISHINGS & PRODUCTS

WATER

Reduce water use with water-saving products and water filtration systems. Reuse grey water by investing in a grey water system.

1

Pick water-saving showers, faucets, and toilets.

2

Install a water tank and water filtration system.

3

Reuse grey or treated water for drip irrigation. Invest in a laundry-to-landscape grey water system. Laundry detergents Oasis and Ecos are the gold standard of grey water irrigation. They have the lowest number of ingredients and the fewest sodium compounds (none for Oasis, one for Ecos) – with no synthetic additives to speak of.

4

Install a wastewater treatment system or other additional treatment steps after your septic tank--such as a biogarden.

ENERGY

Design your smart house with energy efficient appliances and solar products.

1

Install solar energy panels or a solar water heater. Alternatively, use small heaters that only heat what’s needed.

2

Pick energy efficient appliances and light fixtures.

3

Install electricity suppressors to protect appliances from electrical surges.

4

Install amber LED bulbs to save energy and reduce light pollution.

5

Install smart plugs, features, and timers to manage energy use.

6

Insulate transformer and power lines near property to prevent wildlife injuries.

FURNISHINGS

Be a conscious consumer when purchasing furniture. Buy furniture that is locally-made and made from sustainably sourced materials.

1

Buy locally-made wood and metal furniture pieces.

2

Purchase furnishings that are made from sustainably sourced materials. Sustainable materials are sourced and produced using environmentally responsible practices. This includes minimizing negative impacts on ecosystems, reducing pollution, and ensuring fair labor practices throughout the supply chain.

3

Buy artwork from local artists.

4

Buy upcycled or used furniture.

LANDSCAPING

Design your landscaping to reduce water use, promote rain drainage into the ground, and nurture wildlife ecosystems on your property.

1

Plant shade trees to keep your house cool.

2

Plant a native garden, find species at www.pronativascr.org

3

Substitute grass with a rock garden and succulent plants to reduce water use.

4

Use permeable pavers or gravel for your driveway so water can infiltrate into the ground.

5

Get a compost bin and trash container to properly separate waste.

DID YOU KNOW?

Native plants support the basis of the ecosystem, providing food for local birds and insects, and are also better adapted to survive the dry season, requiring less water.

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