As of February 1, 2019, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) will eliminate all Styrofoam from 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven major Caribbean islands – from Jamaica and the Bahamas to Grenada and Turks & Caicos – in a continued effort to protect the environment.
The company says 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.
The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, continues to amplify efforts to reduce pollution in the Caribbean and educate communities on the dangers pollution poses to the environment, health and tourism.
All Sandals and Beaches Resorts are certified by the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification program, with nine resorts currently holding Master Certification. Sandals Resort International says it 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.
To learn more about Sandals Resorts Internationals’ work in sustainability, visit https://www.sandals.com/all-inclusive/eco-friendly-resorts/.