Sandals Resorts International will remove all styrofoam from its 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven major Caribbean islands as part of its effort to protect the environment.
Among these Caribbean islands where the company would undertake the styrofoam removal include Jamaica, Bahamas, Grenada, Turks & Caicos.
Sandals Resorts International deputy chairman 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 removal of styrofoam is especially important in the Caribbean region given that marine wildlife is found abundantly across 700 islands and coastlines.
According to Environment America’s Wildlife Over Waste campaign, plastic fragments have been found, including styrofoam in 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species and 43% of all marine mammal species.
The Sandals Foundation, which is the philanthropic unit of Sandals Resorts International, is making efforts to cut down pollution in the Caribbean region while also educating local communities on the need to preserve nature to attract tourism.
Sandals Foundation executive director Heidi Clarke said: “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 programme, with nine resorts currently holding Master Certification too.
Sandals Resorts International also plans to explore opportunities to remove other plastics across its resorts by September 2019.