There are few destinations on Earth that can call the Great Barrier Reef (one of the seven wonders of the natural world) home. In recognition of its privileged location, on World Ocean Day earlier this month, InterContinental Hayman Island Resort pledged to protect its spectacular surroundings.
When InterContinental Hayman Island Resort opens on 1 July, it will exclusively supply its guests with reef-safe sunscreen in an effort to be actively involved in the conservation of the reef and the wider effects of toxic sunscreen on the world’s oceans.
All guests will also be encouraged to join the pledge, with information and guidance being provided through pre-arrival communications, the resort’s website and the guests’ in-room Guest Compendium. Guests will be guided through the products available for use on-island and the wider effects of choosing to use non-reef safe alternatives.
The decision has been informed by a myriad of international scientific research on the long-lasting effects of sunscreen ingredients on the world’s reef ecosystems. InterContinental Hayman Island Resort will be embracing environmentally-friendly, Australian-owned We Are Feel Good Inc. products as a biologically-safer sunscreen alternative to offer guests staying at the luxury resort.
We Are Feel Good Inc. products will be the sole products on offer for guests to use and purchase at the resort due to its philosophy of avoiding ingredients that have been scientifically proven to cause harm to our world’s reef ecosystems.
This pledge joins a plethora of additional initiatives the private island resort is implementing to ensure it is on the front foot of sustainability when it opens. Other initiatives include: an on-island glass to sand crusher that will create a a silicone ‘sand’ that can be used in gardens; the use of reusable Hayman Island bottles that will be available to purchase; an in-room motion-detecting thermal technology system that reduces the use of energy when guests are not in their room; and a reuse and recycle irrigation system for the resort’s landscaping.
InterContinental Hayman Island Resort’s General Manager, Mark Eletr, said: “Studies have shown that every minute, up to one million plastic bottles are being purchased with only 23% of these being recycled.
“Whilst we understand that people’s individual choices about what they put in our oceans is out of our control, we recognise we can control what occurs in our extraordinary surrounds and can seek to inspire our guests at Hayman Island to do so also.
“From our ban on single use plastic to our commitment to reef-safe sunscreen, through simple yet strong initiatives we hope to not only protect our sacred local environment, but also educate our visitors and guests on easy sustainable practices,” Eletr said.
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