Ek Chidiya
About Us  

At Ek Chidiya, we have taken steps that enable eco-friendly living, but we are still stuck with many issues, and invite your suggestions on how to tackle them.

Water management
We are lucky to have running water that's a gush rather than a trickle. But piped water supply is still a dream for many in the hill villages. So while the bathrooms are fitted with showers, we encourage a bucket bath, which saves up to 15 litre of water per person. The grey water from the bathrooms and kitchen--we use eco-friendly toileteries sourced from local NGOs--is used for the plants of EkChidiya farm.

Like most farmers in Kumaon, we too depend mostly on the rains for irrigation, and are installing a rainwater harvesting system.

Waste disposal and plastic use
To be honest, even the sight of a plastic bottle puts us in a flap. We use minimise plastic but there is no escape from wrappers, containers, and yes, diapers. However, we have found no other way of disposing plastic than to deposit the collection in the municipality bins in Haldwani (thankfully, the bins are different for inorganic and organic waste). The organic waste, however, is put into the compost pit at Ek Chidiya.

Electricity management
We only use CFL bulbs. The geysers for hot running water in bathrooms are switched on only during limited hours, or on specific request.

Construction method
The Ek Chidiya cottage has been constructed in the traditional manner by local artisans. The walls of the rooms are plastered with mud, which naturally conditions the air. Minimal cement and iron has been used, and there is no column or lintel in the building.

Neighborhood dependence
All the members of our staff belong to the nearby villages. Most vegetables and fruits are fresh Himalayan organic produce from the farm at Ek Chidiya, or those of our neighbors.