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Sandals to eliminate all Styrofoam from its Caribbean resorts

In an effort to help protect the environment, luxury beach resort brand Sandals International, which offers five-star all-inclusive holidays across the Caribbean, has said it will ban the use of all Styrofoam across its Caribbean hotels by February 2019. The company currently has 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts on seven Caribbean islands including Antigua, Jamaica, Grenada and Barbados.

Sandals to eliminate all Styrofoam from its Caribbean resorts

Luxury all-inclusive resort brand Sandals International has announced plans to eliminate the use of all Styrofoam across its Caribbean beach resorts by February this year. Nineteen Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven major Caribbean islands – from Jamaica and the Bahamas to Grenada and Turks & Caicos – will ban the use of Styrofoam cups and other items in a continued effort to protect the environment.

The elimination of Styrofoam is particularly important in the Caribbean region, where marine wildlife across the more than 700 islands and coastlines is abundant. According to Environment America’s Wildlife over Waste campaign, scientists have found plastic fragments including Styrofoam in 86 percent of all sea turtle species, 44 percent of all seabird species and 43 percent of all marine mammal species.

Sandals Resorts International’s deputy chair, Adam Stewart, said:

“As we enter the New Year, it’s incredibly important to our Sandals family that environmental sustainability remains a key priority. 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.”

The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, continues to encourage efforts to reduce pollution in the Caribbean and educate communities on the dangers pollution poses to the environment, health and tourism.

The Sandals Foundation’s executive director, Heidi Clarke, commented:

“Eliminating Styrofoam is yet another way we’re reducing our environmental footprint and improving the health of our Caribbean communities. 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 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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