Being Sustainable – Because we Care
HAVEN’s whole foundation is based on sustainability and is the reason why we are here in the first place. But our commitment goes beyond our main purpose of teaching disadvantaged young adults valuable work and life skills as well as creating good and well paid jobs for people from the local community.
Because offering a better future also involves reducing our environmental footprint and help sustain a healthy planet.
We are far from perfect and our efforts are an ongoing journey. But we care with our hearts, we use with our brains and we work smart and hard for the good of each other, our community and our planet. Because we believe that our thoughts, words and day-to-day actions paint the world around us.
refuse. reduce. reuse. recycle.
In everything we do and when we have a choice, we imply these 4 r's.
Whereever possible we have replaced single-use plastic: our take-away boxes, spoons and bags are 100% biodegradable, we only use acrylic reusable straws and we do all our shopping with boxes and custom made linen bags, instead of using plastic bags.
We donate our used cooking oil to Naga Biofuels, who turns it into bio diesel, which we buy back from them to run our generator.
We are trying our best to minimise use of electricity and water, which we handle as a natural precious resource. We are using efficient bulbs where we can.
We separate all of our waste so that the organics get eaten by pigs or are composted for our organic garden, the reusables get reused, the recyclables get recycled.
Local & whenever possible also organic
Our tofu and our coconut milk are organically grown and made by trusted local farmers. Furthermore we use as many vegetables and fruits as possible that are either from our own organic garden or which are locally grown (and whenever possible organic) from reliable farmers.
At HAVEN we also put much value on supporting local social enterprises and NGO's that are committed to the healthy and safe development of Cambodia. That is why we only serve the organically and wildlife-friendly «Ibis Rice», our eggs are from happy chicken from «Eggscellent», our Cambodia quality coffee «Three Corner Coffee» provides underprivileged men & women with a safe work environment and our loose leaf teas are from «Senteurs d'Angkor» who source all their products in Cambodia.
We partner with and recommend social enterprises, organisations and businesses, who share our values and put just as much effort into making this planet an environmentally and socially better place. Meet them here.
We continuously train our HAVEN Family, teaching them the meaning and importance of these practices and encouraging and supporting them to do the same at home/in their free time.