2010: Renewable energy wood pellet boilers installed.
Four sets of solar panels for hot water installed.
2013: Taraloka accredited as a ‘Fair Trade Temple’
by the Fair Trade Association.
2015: Taraloka switched to 100% green electricity
supplied by Ecotricity.
Hridayagita is our current Sustainability Champion.
In choosing food for the retreat centre, there are four main areas of ethical responsibility which Taraloka takes into account:
1. Nutrition – We aim to provide a balanced nutritious diet with wholefoods and fresh cooked vegetables. Organic where possible, especially root vegetables.
2. Animal Welfare – Vegan meals are provided so the impact on all animal life is minimal. We have chosen to provide organic milk for non-vegans for tea and coffee. The jump to soya in tea is an acquired one!
3. Natural Environment – sustainability of the land considered and van and air miles taken into account. We buy local produce and organic where possible. Many of our dried goods such as teas, porridge oats, lentils, rice and sugar are organic.
4. Human Environment – fair trade fruit and vegetables where imported, local wherever possible, organic where possible, air miles considered and ethics of government in that country towards its citizens taken into account.