In addition to being a horse rescue and animal sanctuary, we are also a sustainable living community ran on the principles of reducing, reusing and recycling
Being part of sustainable living means promoting food waste reduction. Tenerife Horse Rescue collaborates with, supermarkets, shops, local businesses and bakeries. As a result, we are able to feed our hungry finca with waste food, which reduces food waste in general. In addition, we feed the animals with what we don't eat and compost our organic waste. Afterwards, we use this and manure for soil to grow our own vegetables with.
90+% of our building materials are recycled from the bins, discarded pallets and waste. We also use the resources from our own land, including stones, rocks and clay. We save glass bottles and repurpose them for the walls around the finca. Our yurt and eco-holiday accommodation is made all by volunteers even down to the amazing mosaic tiled flooring. The bathroom was made with stones from the finca and ground materials, pallet wood and collected recycled waste materials.
Water and Power
Our electricity comes from handmade wind turbines, solar power and a generator (for the power tools). We have also come out with some ways to reduce electricity use altogether. Using rotten food to make gas to cook with and our bike powered washing machine system! Our water system is of our own personal design, made for all of our finca needs. It runs across our property being cleaned through various air chambers and reed pools, feeding our plants, filling up the duck pond and filtering the remaining water to water the veg patch. We even have warm showers thanks to manure causing a natural heating effect on our pipes.
We have a team of volunteers that build and live on our finca, as part of a sustainable community. From taking care of our animals, building, gardening, plumbing, welding and cooking – there’s always something going on on the property. Please go to our volunteer page for more information.
Look out for upcoming blogs on some of our more recent sustainable living community projects, from our volunteers and about how we have adapted to eco-living.