What you hopefully won’t find at Conrad Maldives (no matter how many people are diving how far) are stray plastics. Nor for that matter their plastic added to waste processing in the Maldives as the resort has a set a goal to eliminate all plastics. Forbes featured their ambitious campaign in its piece “How A Hotel In the Maldives Is Fighting Plastic Pollution”
- “The South Ari Atoll hotel is working to eliminate all plastics on the property by January 2020, which isn’t an easy feat considering the resort encompasses two islands, 11 restaurants and bars, and two spas. You won’t find individual butter or Nutella packets in the morning buffet; instead, the hotel buys the products in bulk and has a machine portion them out. Mini bottles of shampoo and conditioner have been replaced with large refillable dispensers in the bathroom. Plastic straws have been ditched in favor of biodegradable ones. And more changes are afoot: the Conrad will swap out plastic keycards for wooden alternatives, metal water bottles will be given out to guests and recyclable boxed water will accompany those heading out on excursions.”
This bold initiative is just one of so many cropping up in the Maldives that I’ve now added a “Plastic” tag on the blog for all the posts about plastic reduction initiatives.