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During the time we were living in Portugal last fall, we planned for a little weekend get-a-way. We were looking for a place that would leave us feeling refreshed, inspired and most importantly, a place that had a low carbon footprint. So we packed our bags, surfboards, and bamboo toothbrushes and headed to Bukubaki in Peniche for a weekend of Glamping!
We tried glamping for the first time, a glamorous form of camping (amazing beds inside a tent), together with enjoying surfing, good food, spa and sauna facilities, and exploring what Peniche had to offer. Bukubaki arranged a skate jam Saturday night, which attracted loads of local skaters to come and hang out (not too bad;)). We were amazed by the facilities and the closeness to nature, while at the same time being able to cozy up in a tent filled with lights.
WHAT’S GLAMPING? A concept where nature meets modern luxury, and it’s a way to live as close as possible to nature without having to sacrifice comforts. A glamorous camping!
WHAT’S ECO-FRIENDLY TOURISM? Enhances the positive economic and social aspects of tourism, while at the same time reducing the negative effects on nature or cultural and social heritage.
Bukubaki came to life already six years ago, when Marco wanted to create a space that respected nature. Living in Italy at the time with his wife, two children and one on the way they decided to follow their dream of buying a piece of land in Peniche, a small town in Portugal famous for surfing. Marco with his skate background fell in love with the surf lifestyle and friendliness of the Portuguese people. Long story short, together with another Italian couple they founded Bukubaki and created Peniche’s first eco surf resort.
What is an eco-resort?
What makes Bukubaki special is that is it planned to exist around nature, and not to replace it. Bukubaki was built using natural materials and renewable energy sources, resulting in a wonderful combination of comfort offered by tree houses and Canadian tents and a cool, earthy vibe.
As we are all time eco-nerds we wanted to dig even deeper and find out exactly how an eco-resort works and what all the different systems mean and how many details they have thought about.
Eco-Q&A with Marco from Bukubaki
Who are the founders?
The idea started almost 12 years ago in the mind of Marco Muraro and Eva Gramola, visionaries, dreamers, travelers, father and mother, surfers and skaters…after years of working on our dream, we had the opportunity to meet Monica Gasparotto and her husband Danilo Costa that believe in our idea and decided to jump on board for this new and exciting project. By joining our forces we were able to bring to life this amazing project named Bukubaki!
Marco, the founder & surf instructor
Can you tell us a bit about your organic garden?
We are setting up an organic garden all over the Bukubaki area. We choose to plant aromatic herbs and some fruit trees that we and the hosts use in the kitchen. Our plan is to set up a bigger garden and grow our own vegetables and be able to share them with our guests, but at this stage, we were only able to set a little personal garden for our own use. We strongly believe that it would be a great experience for our guests who live in the city to see how an organic garden works!
Can you tell us about the separate waste collection system?
Like all over the area of Peniche the waste is separated between glass and metal, paper, and “normal waste” but here in Bukubaki we are separating (as much as we can) also the organic waste that we put in a compost which we then use to fertilize the garden.
In what ways are the eco principles incorporated into the food?
We are trying to use just local products and we are giving particular attention to how those products are made. Our little organic garden serves the kitchen with some fruits, herbs and a few vegetables, the rest is bought at the local market. We use only eggs from the chicken that live outside and we don’t want to use any product made by industrial methods. Also, the meat we buy is from animals that we know lived in good conditions (our butcher has his own animal farm nearby). The fish? Here in Peniche fishing is the most popular activity and we are so lucky to receive fresh fish every day directly from the fishermen! Ah, also the coffee is bio!
Approximately how much of the electricity is created through the solar (photovoltaic) system?
Our photovoltaic system is producing 15kwa of electric energy if the weather conditions are good. The photovoltaic system works properly if the sun is shining and there is no shadow on the panels, there are moments during the day that our panels are in shadow so the production is reduced in those moments. Anyway, it’s a big help for us because it produces almost 1/3 of our needs!
You have stated that “poo is black gold”. Can you explain?
Sometimes we like to say strong things! Hehehe… The reason for this affirmation is because our septic tank is collecting all the human waste produced in the resort and, after a natural treatment of fermentation and filtration, it is drained to the terrain giving nutrition to the soil.
In what ways are the eco principles incorporated into the choices of furniture, decoration etc?
The production of our furniture was handmade by me (Marco) and a team of carpenters using just “solid wood” treated with natural oils. We gave our best to produce less waste and, tried to reuse as much as we were able to, the material that was supposed to be waste.
What do you expect from your guests? Do you expect something different from other resorts?
From the beginning, our mission in building Bukubaki was to give our guests the opportunity to learn and see with their eyes that it’s possible to do something to make this world a better place for us and our children, by raising awareness and promoting respect for mother earth and nature. We expect that our guests understand this message and be conscious of the responsibility that each one of us has in protecting this beautiful planet we all live on.
“From the beginning, our mission in building Bukubaki was to give our guests the opportunity to learn and see with their eyes that it’s possible to do something to make this world a better place for us and our children, by raising awareness and promoting respect for mother earth and nature.”
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Have you ever wondered what the deal with kombucha is all about? This week we talked with the inspiring people behind the brand Surf Kombucha, which is a Norwegian based brand of fermented tea. Surf Kombucha is actually brewed on a peninsula in Norway by a nutritionist and a surfer. What is not to love?!
Hi guys! Who are the people behind the brand?
Nutritionist Maren Aasen from Norway, and my boyfriend and surfer Luca Guichard, who is half Norwegian, half French, but grew up in Portugal.
Can you tell us the story behind the name Surf Kombucha?
We wanted to reach out to young people who maybe didn’t know about fermenting and kombucha, and hopefully, would like it and think it was cool, and a nice replacement for soda and other unhealthy sugared drinks. We wanted the name to reflect youth, fresh and being sporty. When we were visiting Hawaii for kombucha inspiration, we sat on the beach and discussed name options, and Luca suggested Surf Kombucha… and yes, that was exactly what we were looking for; young, fresh, cool and sporty!
What is Kombucha actually and why is it good for us?
It’s a fermented tea, which is a 2000-year-old tradition. And because of the lactic acid bacterias, that’s naturally in kombucha, it’s good for the intestines and your digestion. So you have a healthy, good drink with very little sugar, natural ingredients and good bacterias for the stomach.
Why did you decide to make your own kombucha brand?
I heard about kombucha for the first time in nutrition class, and later on a holiday in California, we saw how popular it was over there. We both got hooked on this drink and loved it from the first sip. We saw a market for this in Norway too, so decided to give it a try.
What are your hopes and dreams for the company?
Our dream is to be the biggest and best kombucha producer in Norway and to eventually export it to Portugal (where we want to live) and other counties.
What is the best and worst thing about being an entrepreneur?
The best is to be your own boss, and that you can decide when to work and when not to. The worst is that you are always at work, even when you have time off.
What are your top three tips for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle?
- Do something that lights the fire in you and keeps you going
- Be with people that make you feel good
- Feed your body with the best food you have access too as often as possible
- Sleep good and stay active… but that was one too many 😉
Surf Kombucha can at the time being only be bought in Norway, but stay tuned! The specific sales points are:
Inderøy: Gangstad Gårdsysteri, e@ Internettkafé, Husfrua Gårdshotell, Coop Extra, Berg Gård, Gulburet, Øyna
Steinkjer: Coop Obs, Sunkost Amfi, Chez Mathilde, Grønn Bølge, Spar Dampsaga, Coop Extra, Spar Sentrum, Spar Sørsileiret
Verdal: Cartofflene, Meny, Extra, Coop Mega,
Levanger: Meny Magneten, Coop Mega, Extra, Bruborg Bakeri, Bunnpris Levangernesset
Trondheim: Helios, Etikken, Habitat, Meny Solsiden, Meny Sverresborg, Life Heimdal, Meny Tiller, Bunnpris Gourmet Nyborg, Bunnpris Vikåsen, Bunnpris Gourmet Elgeseter, Bunnpris Prinsen, RÅGO Frostad – Trondheims Kjøkkenhage, Scandic Nidelven
OSLO OG AKERSHUS
Oslo: Røtter St.Hanshaugen, Røtter Frogner, Ekte Vare, TUNCO, Den Gamle Skobutikken, Lille Tøyen Kolonial, Meny Skøyen, Jacobs Holtet
Bærum: Meny Høvik, Meny Jarhuset
Stavern: Meny Stavern
Flisa: Mellem Gårdsmatutsalg
Drammen: Spar Kristensen
Rødberg: Kirkebygda Produkter
Porsgrunn: With Love By Moen
MØRE OG ROMSDAL
Ålesund: Bæra Smoothie og Juicebar, Wayne´s Coffee, Meny Lersund
Bergen: Litleré Mat, Meny Støletorget
Øystese: Den Grøne Tråd
Haugesund: Amundsen Spesial
Stavanger: Amundsen Spesial, Kvadrat
Bodø: Eurospar Trekanten, Klinikk1
Tromsø: Eurospar Kræmer, Mathallen