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Sandals eliminating use of Styrofoam products by Feb. 1

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has gotten a jump on The Bahamas’ 2020 deadline for the elimination of Styrofoam products, as it prepares to rid its local operations and several of its other resorts of the environmentally menacing product by February.

SRI, in a press release issued yesterday, revealed that by, February 1, its Bahamas locations, Sandals Royal Bahamian and Sandals Emerald Bay, as well as 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts throughout the Caribbean, will eliminate the use of Styrofoam products.

Sandals said the elimination of Styrofoam is part of its continued effort to protect the environment.

Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International Adam Stewart said in the release that the company has also eliminated many plastic items in keeping with its environmental pledge.

“As we enter the new year, it’s incredibly important to our Sandals family that environmental sustainability remains a key priority,” said 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 release explained that all Sandals and Beaches Resorts are certified by the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification program. It said nine resorts currently hold master certifications.

“The company is the only hotel chain in the world to have all of its resorts certified,” the release points out.

“In the coming year, Sandals Resorts International will also explore opportunities to eliminate other plastic across its resorts by September 2019.”

As The Bahamas moves toward a plastics and Styrofoam ban in 2020, businesses have already begun to replace their old plastic containers and accessories with those utilizing alternative materials or biodegradable, plastic-like materials.

Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) Energy and Environment Committee Chairperson Deborah Deal said recently that there has been a little pushback from the business community regarding the upcoming ban on plastics. In spite of this, businesses have been proactive about finding alternative products to replace the plastic ones typically on their order forms.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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