The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts will phase out the use of plas­tic by Novem­ber 2018 in favour of biodegrad­able ves­sels and uten­sils made from wood, pa­per, com­postable plas­tic and sugar cane bagasse. The re­sort chain's re­duc­tion of its car­bon foot­print fol­lows in­creased global aware­ness of the harm that plas­tic lit­ter causes.

Over a year ago the com­pany be­gan to re­duce its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment by end­ing the use of all Ex­panded Polystyrene (Sty­ro­foam) prod­ucts at its prop­er­ties. It has also em­braced other eco­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions such as in­stalling GEM Link oc­cu­pancy sen­sors in its gue­strooms, lead­ing to a 15 per cent en­ergy-use re­duc­tion per oc­cu­pied room.

Bay Gar­dens Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Sanovnik Des­tang states, "Adding to the grow­ing aware­ness amongst lo­cal and re­gional com­pa­nies about plas­tic us­age, this move con­sol­i­dates Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts' com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able prac­tices at ev­ery level of our or­gan­i­sa­tion. We can­not ex­pect tourists to visit a Caribbean turned into a Sar­gasso Sea of plas­tic. They come to see ma­rine life, not plas­tic bags and bot­tles bob­bing in the waves."

With three of its four prop­er­ties now Green Globe-cer­ti­fied, Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts re­mains com­mit­ted to en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion by do­ing its part to en­sure a greener planet through­out its op­er­a­tions; im­prov­ing the so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity of Saint Lu­cians; and keep­ing its is­land home green.

Sanovnik Des­tang, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts.

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