Cruise lines are going plastic-free, tour operators are going plastic-free, major hotel brands are going plastic-free and some countries are now going plastic-free.
Luxury resorts and entire islands are now going plastic-free.
Fiji’s Royal Davui Island Resort revealed plans to be one of the most environmentally-friendly resorts in the world by eradicating all plastics.
The plan kicks off July 01 2018, when all single serve plastic items will be removed.
Plastic food containers will no longer be available, drinking straws will be replaced with paper straws and plastic bottles will be replaced with reusable glass bottles. These can then be refilled via a state-of-the-art filtration system and delivered to guests daily.
The 16-villa property is also searching for ways to improve waste reduction and will begin by discontinuing miniature toiletry bottles in favour of larger bottles which guests can take home.
Royal Davui’s owner Christopher Southwick said, the decision to go plastic-free came after realising nearly 10,000 straws were used last year, together with 2,500 food containers and over 15,000 water bottles. He said “eliminating these items moves us closer to becoming a plastic free island.”
Located to the south of Suva, Royal Davui is already one of the most environmentally friendly properties. Construction occured responsibly around old growth trees. It was also one of the first Fijian resorts to install a full tertiary water treatment plant, meaning all wastewater is cleaned and reused with no impact on the environment.
In 2009, the resort owners built an ecofriendly water supply by constructing a catchment on the top of neighbouring Beqa Island. Water travels through a 5km pipe anchored to the lagoon bed and feeds the island’s storage tanks. This eliminated the need for a desalination plant and its accompanying negative environmental impact. Not only does the water line provide pristine water to the island, it supplies clean water to the local village and school.
For more information on the property, click www.royaldavuifiji.com