Paca de Paja Bed and Breakfast
We are attempting to reduce our impact and live in an environmentally sustainable way by doing the following: •we recycle glass, tin, paper, cardboard, aluminum, and plastic •we compost and have a small garden •a solar hot water system provides all the hot water for the home •solar PV panels generate electricity for the home •no bleach, chemical disinfectants, fabric softener, or dryer papers are used •we have motion-detector outdoor lighting and skylights for indoor lighting •we practice rainwater harvesting and grey water harvesting •the garden plantings are mainly native and arid-adapted species •for heat, we have passive solar design and energy-efficient radiant floor heating which uses solar-heated hot water •for cooling, we have windows that open, fans, and efficient evaporative coolers •our energy costs are very low, mainly due to the highly insulative strawbale walls and solar energy systems •linens are laundered only on request during a multiple-day B&B stay •to save energy and use the cleansing effect of sunlight, bed linens are line-dried •clotheslines are used for 80% of all laundry •minimal plastic or paper disposables are used in the B&B operation — breakfast napkins are cloth, silverware is silver, and plates & cups are china or glass Recognitions for good "green" practices and sustainable design: •Paca de Paja was highlighted in the 2009 Arizona Highways magazine "Best of Arizona... " feature article as the "Best Eco-Friendly Accommodation in the State." •Paca de Paja is a member of the non-profit Green America and was the first Arizona B&B to be included in the National Green Pages, meeting their stringent inclusion criteria. •Paca de Paja was featured in a 2010 Arizona Republic newspaper article on five eco-friendly and sustainable B&Bs in Arizona. •Paca de Paja has been included in the annual Tucson Innovative Home tour twice – as one of 20 homes in Tucson showcasing innovative energy-efficient design. •Paca de Paja was included in Catherine Wanek’s 2003 book The New Strawbale Home.