We are glad you clicked us. Our commitment to the Azores and the global village wouldn't be complete without deep concern for possible impacts. At MINUVIDA AZORES we ask you to become our partners in elevating global consciousness and working for a more sustainable and fair world. Read more about our efforts below and join our responsible travel pledge.
MINUVIDA AZORES, LDA is a founding partner of the Azores Sustainability Pledge. Our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals agenda means that we are constantly working to reduce our footprint and increase our contribution to a sustainable world.
We ask you to join us on our effort. By signing the sustainability pledge below at check in you commit to leave the Azores a little better than you found them. You can also read about what we have done so far and join the effort when you return home.
WHY IT MATTERS
We can't keep up with the current pace of development and provide the kind of world to our descendants that we wish for ourselves without action. The natural world is quickly disappearing as we try to keep up with our obsession with more and more. We can now elevate our consciousness.
THE MINUVIDA PLEDGE
I pledge to be a conscious, responsible traveler.
I will keep an open mind as I embark on a journey of discovery.
I will buy local products and support the local economy.
I will drink from the fountain and not from a disposable plastic water bottle.
I will leave places as I found them – or better – when I explore island.
I will not venture off the trail, off the road, and fall off a cliff for a photo or a selfie.
I will minimize my overall impact by conserving, reusing and cleaning after myself.
I will respect nature and local heritage and will not take unnecessary risks.
MINUVIDA has embraced the principles of sustainability from day one. From our decision to build a small lodging facility using existing infrastructure with the least impact to our commitment to provide secure employment for our team, guest education programs and obvious green features, sustainability is our way of being. Below you can find our current commitments as part of the Azores Sustainability Charter and the list of the main sustainability initiatives currently being undertaken by our businesses.
AZORES SUSTAINABILITY CHARTER COMMITMENTS
Promote and contribute to the local economy through stable, fair employment. Try to influence our partners to do the same.
Install solar heating panels to supplement efficient hot water pumps, as well as increase our rainwater collection efforts for irrigation.
Educate guests, staff and others about responsible consumption.
CULTURAL + Historic Preservation of island's cultural heritage with renovation of orange era villa keeping its main features. Preservation and restoration of working fruit orchard without additional buildout. Implementation of tree-planting program, including endemic species.
CONSTRUCTION + Decoration Preserved the structure's original character as much as possible, including reusing existing fixtures whenever possible. Used local materials such as yoga studio wood floors, volcanic olivine bathroom countertops, driftwood and similar whenever possible. Custom-made furniture from local timbers and reclaimed wood pallets, upcycled furniture and light fixtures.
EFFICIENCY + Green features Efficient double-pane windows and doors throughout, LED lighting throughout, efficient hot water pumps, reduced flow showerheads, water saving toilets, rainwater collection for gardening, efficient climatization, programmed lighting, wood burning stoves burning wood logged on the premises.
OPERATIONS + Recycling + Reusing + Repurposing Working mostly with local suppliers, producers and products. Breakfasts featuring produce and products mainly grown or produced on the premises. Composting of all food waste. Organic, artisanal toiletries using local ingredients primarily and without commercial packaging. Upkeep, maintenance and restoration or donation of furniture, appliances and vehicles, thus avoiding frequent replacements for non-operational blemishes and extending operational life of products. Recycling program with the goal of zero waste to the landfill.
STAFF + Community Providing secure employment in local community. Sustainability and personal finance education programs with the staff. Community programs focused on wellness and appreciation for the natural history of the island.
GUESTS + Environment The five-minute shower challenge. The tap water only challenge. The towels for three days challenge. The purchase local produce only challenge. The reusable shopping bag challenge. The recycling challenge. Know our natural history and ecosystem challenge through thematic guided hikes. Leave your car at home challenge with transport in 7-passenger vehicle for guided hikes. Trail cleanup during guided hikes.
AWARDS + Recognition MINUVIDA AZORES has been awarded the Miosótis Azores green lodgings badge and is a member of the Azores Natural Park system for sustainable development. We are also recognized by Tripadvisor with Green Leaders bronze badge. Find more about each by clicking their logos below. But besides the awards and recognition the real work on the ground is the evidence of our commitment. Come find out for yourself.