Club Med will remove all plastic straws across its portfolio of 68 resorts worldwide by next year and will progressively eradicate all single-use plastic from resorts permanently. The move comes after the all-inclusive holiday specialist successfully removed plastic straws from eight resorts in Asia.
The removal of single-use plastic is the most recent initiative from Club Med’s ongoing pursuit of both global environmental sustainability and social responsibility. This recent news reinforces the brand’s sustainable commitment and aims to promote widespread awareness among guests about the repercussions of excessive plastic use on the global environment.
“This recent initiative, first focusing on Asia and then globally, is putting a firm foot forward in our commitment toward environmental conservation. We feel it is our responsibility to educate and inspire as a committed sustainable resort group,” said Club Med General Manager for the Pacific, Rachael Harding.
Since Club Med’s implementation of a “Straw on Request” policy, replacing plastic straws for paper straws (only for guests who request a straw), Club Med’s popular Thailand resort, Club Med Phuket, has alone seen an approximate 76% decrease in the use of straws, reducing the daily use by an estimated 1,000 straws.
With sustainability and responsibility top-of-mind for the all-inclusive resort brand, 74% of Club Med resorts across the globe have achieved “Green Globe Certification”, with the objective to reach 100% in the near future. The “Green Globe Certification” is the highest and most thoroughly tested standard of responsible tourism; it mandates an annual review of sustainable practices across all aspects of business from training and recruiting staff to food and energy wastage, resort construction and biodiversity preservation, including the preservation of local culture of the surrounding communities.
This strategy is the latest move in a string of initiatives undertaken by Club Med, which not only care for the environment, but for guests and local communities.
Club Med’s ongoing commitment to responsible tourism has seen countless small- and large-scale initiatives implemented into the daily operations of resorts worldwide. Such activities can be highlighted by three main objectives: caring for the environment, caring for guests and caring for local communities.
As part of Club Med’s local initiatives promoting sustainable practices and encouraging Australia and New Zealand to move #ForwardTogether, a competition will be launched through @ClubMedAustralia Facebook on 27 September–8 November 2018. The competition will encouraging people to put forward their ideas on how Club Med can further their sustainable practices, and the winner will receive an all-inclusive trip to a Club Med resort in Asia to see their idea come to life.