Sandals to eliminate Styrofoam at all its resortsFriday, January 04, 2019
Sandals Resorts International (SRI) says that in a continued display of its commitment to protect the environment it will, as of February 1, 2019, eliminate all Styrofoam from its 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across the region.
The company also recently eliminated single-use plastics from its operations.
“As we enter the New Year, it's incredibly important to us that environmental sustainability remains a key priority,” said Adam Stewart, SRI's deputy chairman. “After eliminating plastic straws, stirrers, laundry bags and gift shop bags last year, we're now moving 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,” said Stewart.
A Sandals release said the elimination of Styrofoam is particularly important in the Caribbean region, where marine wildlife across the more than 700 islands and coastlines is abundant. The release said according to data shared in Environment America's Wildlife Over Waste campaign, scientists have found plastic fragments, including Styrofoam, in 86 per cent of all sea turtle species, 44 per cent of all seabird species and 43 per cent of all marine mammal species.
The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, meanwhile, continues to amplify its efforts to reduce pollution in the Caribbean and to educate communities on the dangers of pollution to the environment, health and the tourism sector.
“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.”
All Sandals and Beaches Resorts are certified by the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification programme, with nine resorts currently holding Master certification. The company is the only hotel chain in the world to have all of its resorts certified.
Sandals said it will also explore opportunities to eliminate other plastics across its resorts by September 2019.
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