Bay Gardens Resorts will phase out the use of plastic by November 2018 in favor 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 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 percent 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 organization. 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 St. Lucians; and keeping its island home green.
Bay Gardens Resorts is a group of locally owned and operated award-winning hotels all located within, or near, Rodney Bay Village, St. Lucia’s entertainment capital. All four of Bay Gardens Resorts’ properties – Bay Gardens Inn, Bay Gardens Hotel, Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa and Bay Gardens Marina Haven – are close to more than 40 restaurants, entertainment venues, duty-free shopping malls, Treasure Bay Casino and Rodney Bay Marina. All properties offer comfortable accommodations, traditional Caribbean cuisine, and warm Caribbean service and hospitality. Bay Gardens’ Splash Island Water Park, the first open water sports park in the nation, is a popular attraction off St. Lucia’s Reduit Beach.