In Fall 2018, Casa Vieja Lodge entered the third phase of the #KickPlastic Campaign pioneered by Costa del Mar.

Casa Vieja Lodge is a plastic-free campus and eliminated all single-use plastic bottles both at the lodge, and aboard the 9-boat fleet.

All anglers will receive a YETI 18oz Rambler Bottle upon arrival at Casa Vieja Lodge, their lifeline to water consumption. Junior anglers will receive a YETI 12oz Jr Rambler. Two Elkay Water Fountain and Bottle Filling Stations are installed at the Lodge, where clients can refill their YETI Ramblers during their stay. This water goes through a 4-stage filtration system, including a UV purification process and the solution to pure, clean drinking water at Casa Vieja Lodge.

“The largest consumption of single-use plastic water bottles is on our fleet. We average about 6 bottles a day/person. That equates to 60,000 a season just on the boats, add the consumption at the lodge and we are at 80,000 plastic bottles. That’s just wrong for the environment we rely so heavily on.” said Captain David Salazar.

Aboard the boats clients can refill their same Ramblers from the YETI Silo, a 6-gallon water cooler that keeps water cold for hours. Tried and true, anglers are able to keep their Rambler in direct Guatemalan sunlight while they are fighting billfish and return to their same ice-cold beverage.

At the end of the 2018-2019 season, we saved over 65,000 single-use plastic bottles and still counting! An impactful detail is 17,000 of those bottles were Gatorade bottles! We made an easy switch to the powder Gatorade and send them pre-mixed to the boats in either the 36oz or half gallon YETI’s.

Please join us in our efforts, and also encourage other guides, outfitters, and lodges to do the same!

“Our fishery here in Guatemala is so amazing and so unique in itself that it’s our responsibility here at Casa Vieja Lodge to kick plastic even where the odds are completely against us. We really don’t see why you can’t do this in your own backyard.” – Kristen Salazar.

Join Casa Vieja Lodge to build a better world for tomorrow- one plastic bottle at a time!

Casa Vieja Kicks Plastic
Project Timeline


Eliminated 65,000 single-use plastic bottles in 2018-2019 season


Installed Elkay drinking fountains at Lodge, added YETI Silo 6G aboard the fleet, and upon arrival to Lodge all clients receive YETI 18oz Rambler


Replaced all plastic straws with bamboo straws. Also, invested in new disposible containers for client lunches that are plant based instead of plastic or styrofoam.


Replaced in-room glass water carafes with YETI 36oz Rambler with Kick Plastic logo


Replaced in-room single-use plastic water bottles with glass water carafes