As of February 1, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) will eliminate all styrofoam from its 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven major Caribbean islands, in a continued effort to protect the environment.
“As we enter the New Year, it’s incredibly important to our Sandals family that environmental sustainability remains a key priority,” said SRI’s Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart. “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 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 per cent of all sea turtle species, 44 per cent of all seabird species and 43 per cent of all marine mammal species.
SRI said that the Sandals Foundation, its philanthropic arm, 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.”
In the coming year, Sandals Resorts International will also explore opportunities to eliminate other plastic across its resorts by September 2019.