Eco-Efforts

From an early date, the owners of Casa Laguna Inn & Spa recognized the importance of consuming less, recycling, reusing, and preserving the special environment the hotel occupies. Casa Laguna was the first Laguna Beach hotel to join the Green Hotel Association of America.

Our inn was one of the first of its size in California to offer guests the option of e-mail confirmations instead of paper. There was an immediate conversion to more than 75% paperless confirmations when the hotel introduced this option in July 2003. Casa Laguna confirmations have been more than 98% paperless since January 2011.

Casa Laguna has been an active member of the Slow Foods movement since 2002, and remains one of the few Laguna Beach hotels dedicated to this effort. The movement is dedicated to the utilization of fresh, local (requiring less transportation), and organic (requiring less water and pesticides) ingredients. Some of the vegetables and herbs used in the breakfast prepared at Casa Laguna are grown on property. A majority of the remaining ingredients are obtained from local sources including Laguna Beach’s own Farmer’s Market.

The inn is actively engaged in an Energy Efficiency Program with the help of Southern California Edison reviewing all aspects of operations, from how the pool is cleaned, to how reservations are made, to how food & beverage supplies are stored.

In areas of new construction, the inn has used recycled and/or sustainable materials where ever possible. The inn replaced all windows with double paned, argon filled windows for insulation and has blown insulation into all walls, ceilings and floors. Casa Laguna was the first hotel in Laguna Beach to comprehensively replace old lighting technology with compact fluorescent bulbs in 2003 and was the first hotel in Southern California to introduce a water-saving washing machine into the laundry processing. The inn’s new eco-friendly linens have also helped lower the use of water, electric, gas and cleaning compounds. Low flow showerheads and sink aerators are now used. Also, Casa Laguna was the first hotel in Laguna Beach (perhaps in Orange County) to introduce ‘on demand’ water heating systems for rooms. All bedding and spa linens are made from eco-friendly materials. All spa products are organic.

Casa Laguna has joined a program called “Rise Above Plastics” published by the Surfrider Foundation and is committed to eliminating the use of plastics in food and beverage operations. The inn no longer uses individual bottles for bath amenities - replaced by an eco-friendly Gilchrist & Soames line of products that are dispensed in refillable pump containers, greatly lowering the inn’s carbon footprint. The hotel has also made a concerted effort to reduce and eliminate the use of non-biodegradable detergents in laundry, room cleaning and food and beverage sanitation.

Casa Laguna is the only Laguna Beach inn registered with the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

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