Green solution: Sandals eliminates styrofoam products from its Caribbean resorts
Sandals’ move follows elimination of plastic straws, stirrers, laundry bags and gift shop bags last year
Starting in February, Sandals Resorts International will no longer use Styrofoam products in its 19 total Sandals and Beaches Resorts, which are spread out across the seven major Caribbean islands, including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grenada, and Turks & Caicos.
This represents an ongoing continued effort for the hospitality company to be more environmentally responsible.
Changing for the better
Sandals is far from alone. Earlier this month, Sands China Ltd moved to stop using single-use plastic straws at all of its properties, with further plans calling for the reduction of plastic bottles in individual rooms in favor of refillable soap and shampoo dispensers.
All this marks an ongoing move among major hospitality companies to satisfy customers and guests who want to stay at properties with a conscientious attitude towards the environment.
“As we enter the new year, it’s incredibly important to our Sandals family that environmental sustainability remains a key priority,” said Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International.
“After eliminating plastic straws, stirrers, laundry bags and gift shop bags last year, we’re choosing to eliminate styrofoam from our resorts. We’re proud that many of the islands in which we operate are also making this shift to ensure that future generations can enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean,” he added.
Caring for the Caribbean
The elimination of Styrofoam is especially important in the Caribbean, because the marine wildlife across the more than 700 islands and coastlines is abundant and can be vulnerable.
According to Environment America’s Wildlife Over Waste campaign, scientists have found plastic fragments—which includes styrofoam—in 86 percent of all sea turtle species, 44 percent of all seabird species and 43 percent of all marine mammal species.
The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, continues to amplify efforts to reduce pollution in the Caribbean and educate communities on the dangers pollution poses to the environment, health and tourism.
“Eliminating styrofoam is yet another way we’re reducing our environmental footprint and improving the health of our Caribbean communities,” said Heidi Clarke, Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation.
“Education is critical, and that’s where the Sandals Foundation comes in. We want to keep our islands clean and beautiful for citizens, visitors and marine wildlife alike,” she added.
All Sandals resorts are certified by the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification program, with nine resorts currently holding master certification. The company is the only hotel chain in the world to have all of its resorts certified.
In the coming year, Sandals Resorts International will also explore opportunities to eliminate other plastic across its resorts by September 2019.
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