The third project takes place in Malawi, where traditional stoves, which use a lot of wood, are used in more than 90% of homes. The company wants to expand the use of four different kinds of stoves that are safer, cleaner, and use less energy. There are special stoves for cities and rural areas, as well as stoves that are used for cooking in educational facilities like hospitals and schools.
As a result, it takes less time to gather new wood with these stoves, which use up to 50% less wood than traditional stoves. Special barns used for drying tobacco, Malawi’s largest export, are the other major consumer of wood. As a result, Myclimate and other partner organizations developed a more cost-effective barn that contributes to a 60% reduction in wood consumption. This multitude of undertakings make new positions.
This and a great number of other HI hostel sustainable projects are supported by a deduction of 0.10 pounds from each donation. Since 2013, these hostels have implemented their own projects annually. The winner is then determined by a vote cast by members of national HI organizations and the general public. So far, more than 55,000 people have voted for 16 different projects. Innovatively, they all contribute to the planet’s sustainable development and CO2 reduction. With the undertakings, north of 600 tons of carbon dioxide is counterbalanced every year. There is a wide range of projects.
The French hotel Auberge La Clusaz won in 2017. A permaculture vegetable garden at a high altitude was the hostel’s idea. It was the first youth hostel in France to have a garden and serve only organic and locally sourced food, primarily vegetarian fare. Fruit trees were planted and greenhouses were constructed as well. The largest youth hostel in the United States, HI NYC, received funds to construct a composter that converts organic waste into nutrient-rich compost in just 24 hours. The hostel will compost 50% of its waste in this manner.