The Blue Waters Resort and Spa is ramping up its efforts to becoming more environmentally conscious. As such, the top-notch resort has started its journey of banning all single-use plastics in the near future, making it the first resort in Antigua and Barbuda to lead the way to a cleaner, plastic-free future.
“We have a responsibility to protect the environment our guests and staff cherish, and we are delighted to be able to positively adopt innovative ways we can all do this,” said Blue Waters’ managing director Gary Randall in a press release.
According to that statement, the hotel has been advancing its environmental and community responsibility efforts by installing refillable water stations across the property at convenient locations for all guest and staff to use.
In addition, when guests arrive at their rooms and suites, they are provided with complimentary refillable BPA-free water bottles to use throughout their stay and to take home with them as a reminder of their time at the Blue Waters and to practice plastic free efforts at home.
BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.
Moreover, the hotel encourages all staff to focus on the importance of eliminating plastic waste through recycling and the use of bio-degradable disposable products in an effort to join the resort’s goal of becoming both plastic-free and environmentally friendly.
Every year, that hotel alone dumps approximately 120,000 plastic water bottles, the release revealed.
Noting that the local recycling plant is often overwhelmed and most of these bottles end up in landfills on the island, the “Blue Waters Resort and Spa is constantly exploring ways to reduce its environmental footprint, and this is one major step forward, alongside other sustainable initiatives such as using energy saving equipment and processes, solar energy to power the walkways and garden lights around the property, composting seaweed, planting freshly grown herbs and produce on-site, and using the Resort’s own water treatment plant of recycled water to irrigate its lush gardens.”