For many Basecamp guests, sustainability is an important condition for a pleasant stay. Comfort and convenience remain the most important conditions, however for many it feels better knowing that both the environment and climate are taken into account. With the Kennermermeer nature reserve ate a mere stone’s throw distance from Basecamp, it becomes clear why we aim for a positive impact on the climate, biodiversity and ecological restoration of the immediate vicinity. Sustainability is inextricably linked to Basecamp, and as a core value it is both visibly and invisibly woven into the very fabric of all aspects of the campsite.
To develop a global network of Basecamp Remote Work Hubs and Tiny House Eco Retreats for modern day Digital Nomads and eco-conscious tourists.
To provide a new alternative to live sustainably and collectively self-sufficient with a subscription-housing model.
Sustainable Tiny Houses
At Basecamp there are many different tiny houses that are manufactured by different producers. As a result, each house has its own solutions and applications in the field of sustainability. This can vary in terms of:
- Heating (Infrared panels, underfloor heating or electric heaters)
- Energy generation (Solar panels, windmills)
- Energy saving ((Solar) Boiler, kitchen equipment, LED lighting and usage monitoring)
- Energy storage (Batteries and hybrid network connections)
- Insulation (Production materials and glazing)
- Finishing (Wood, composite, aluminum and steel)
- Interior (FSC Wood, CO2 neutral produced, or recycled)
- Raw material usage (Waste separation, recycling, plastic-free products, reduction of chemical cleaners)
- Water usage (Shower head, water-tap, siphon, toilet)
Each day we learn more about the quality of the materials used, the environmental benefits and the savings in terms of sustainability. The wide variety of applications used enables us to compare solutions quickly and take major steps in further development toward regenerative operations. This is why we consider every guest-stay as an important contribution to our sustainable experiment.
Sustainable Development Goals
The developments at Basecamp are an ongoing proces. We make decisions about the sustainable expansion of the site on daily basis. Below you will find a selection of our future plans.
The development of a regenerative site
The next step in our sustainability plan is the further development of the site. With our future plans we should be able to run Basecamp at a CO2 neutral level, but we aim to go beyond sustainability and implement regenerative operations. This means that Basecamp will have a net positive effect on the climate, increases biodiversity, contributes to ecological recovery and achieves negative CO2 emissions.
One can only speak of self-sufficiency when the requirements for survival are met. These are shelter, food, water, energy (and safety). In the spring of 2021, Basecamp will start with the construction of several greenhouses and a permaculture system in which heirloom crops, forgotten vegetables and wil fruits will be grown. These will also become part of the menu!
In order to close the organic nutrient cycles, Basecamp is also starting a composting project to complement the greenhouses. Various methods are used for this, combining aerobic and anaerobic composting and biomeiler applications. IWith these methods all food waste created by Basecamp guests and the (vegetable) garden ”waste” can be processed to create nutritious compost.
Due to the measures surrounding Corona, it is not yet possible to meet in groups. However, once allowed, Basecamp will start with various recurring weekend events and workshops where visitors and guests can acquire new skills in the field of sustainability and self-sufficiency. Think of urban gardening workshops, building a tiny house, composting, (kimchi) preserving / fermenting, growing oyster mushrooms, recycling / harvesting, woodworking and survival training.
Yoga Plateau & Outdoor Gym
Thanks to the contribution of our guests during the woodworking workshops, we will build an indoor Yoga Plateau and an outdoor Gym in mid-2021. This means that our guests can always go for a morning or afternoon workout, followed by an ocean dive.
CO2 compensation per stay
Basecamp is committed to making the stay of our guests as sustainable as possible. In addition to all steps taken to operate as sustainably as possible, we will ask our guests / visitors to compensate their CO2 emissions (mid-2021). By means of energy usage monitoring we can calculate exactly how much CO2 has been emitted during a stay, and we can then compensate these emissions by offsetting Co2 and by planting trees. For this offsetting we ask a (partly voluntary) contribution. Our guests then receive a certificate with the location of the trees that have been planted in their name. This proces ensures we can achieve our regenerative objectives and that a Basecamp forest will take root.
Sustainable partnerships and collaborations
Basecamp is constantly on the lookout for new partners who wish to test and improve their product or service at Basecamp. Thanks to our partners, Basecamp is a “living lab” for the development of new forms of sustainable and regenerative living. Do you offer a service or product that matches our philosophy, projects or future plans? If so, contact us and lets find out if we can work together.
To serve as a guideline, we have chosen a number of themes that are in line with the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations). Within the Basecamp organization we contribute in various ways to achieving the SDGs, which are integrated in Basecamp’s mission and vision, but also in our strategy, development proces, supply chains, projects and partnerships.
Basecamp guests can rent electric bicycles (E-choppers) and electric scooters (E-bikes) during their stay. They are perfect for a bike ride on the beach or a day of sightseeing in IJmuiden. The batteries are charged with energy generated by renewable resources.
By purchasing sustainably, small changes can have a big cumulative impact. In every tiny house, guests will find biodegradable cleaning products such as handsoap and detergent. In addition, we buy bulk packs of sustainable cleaning products and water-soluble capsules for professional cleaning of the houses. In doing so, we rare able to educe our plastic waste drastically.
Consumables such as toilet paper are also purchased sustainably from our supplier “the Good Roll”. The Good Roll is made from 100% recycled paper, without chlorine, dyes and fragrances, and donates 50% of revenue to the construction of toilets in developing countries. In addition to recurring purchasing, Basecamp is also making the transition to a plastic-free environment. This means that the inventory of all of the houses is gradually replaced by products made with more ecological-friendly properties such as FSC-certified wood or stainless steel.
After each stay, all of the tiny house’s used linen is replaced. Towels, tea towels and bed linen are cleaned as sustainably as possible. By cleaning “in bulk”, the increase in scale results in a significant reduction in water and electricity usage. In addition to replacing the linen, the separated waste is also collected. Paper and plastic are recycled by our resource processing contractor.
An important step towards self-sufficiency and a CO2 neutral Tiny House is the generation of energy from renewable sources. Many of the houses at Basecamp are equipped with solar panels and are connected to our hybrid network where energy surpluses are stored on batteries. In addition, plans are in the making to place a solar roof on the “Refter”, as well as placing a wind turbine park in the parking lot. A new prototype of a silent wind turbine has already been installed to pilot the project. Together with the increase in storage capacity, these projects would make it be possible for Basecamp to operate self sufficiently .