Flowers and Fire is a yoga centre on the paradise island of Gili Air, offering daily drop-in yoga classes in their tree house studio, a whole food café, accommodation, co-working facilities, workshops, retreats and creative events. With an emphasis on high-quality service, heartfelt teaching, sustainability and inclusive community, Flowers & Fire aims at creating a magical experience for all their guests – whether they practice, eat, co-work, or stay with them.
Flowers & Fire is committed to Sustainability and aims at fostering this commitment through constant improvement, technologies and shared knowledge.
With an emphasis on site-specific principles, they designed their centre to incorporate existing natural structures, building around the beautiful trees rather than imposing a concept on the land. This has enabled them to maximise natural cooling systems and reduce the use of energy. They also have utilised natural cooling/ventilation systems in the building design with all open air non-enclosed communal and studio spaces. The furniture is mostly recycled teak wood antiques and they upcycled and repurposed old teak doors for the office, storage doors and decorative features. The centre was constructed using natural and sustainable building materials wherever possible, such as bamboo and handmade bricks with minimal use of concrete.
In an attempt to minimise waste, Flowers & Fire collects and recycles water from the Air conditioners for the garden and offer a water refill station to discourage the use of single-use plastic water bottles. They do not sell or promote in any way single-use plastic containers, bags, straws or bottles. They actively promote the use of bamboo straws in the café by selling them to customers-which also provides a micro business for the local bamboo craftsman Joe as they don’t take any of the income from the sale of these straws. They do not use any packaging or disposable take away containers in the sale of the cafe food products- wrapping food in banana leaves if it is to go or taking a deposit on the cups and plates if a customer wants to take food or drinks away that cannot be wrapped. They are developing a composting system for food waste and separate out the different waste streams. Their toiletries are all natural products up-cycled from Alila Hotel’s zero waste program and they refill dispensers instead of single-use application packaging. Their soaps are made by Widria – the amazing soap lady whose business stemmed from a BGreener’s member initiate to support micro businesses for local Balinese women. They are all natural, handmade products.
Flowers & Fire aims to continually improve these practices as the centre evolves and welcome the many wonderful opportunities the membership in the BGreener community offers them to grow their knowledge in the sustainability field.