Environmental Sustainability at Villa Resorts
Over the last few decades, our actions have had devastating effects on both land and water ecosystems and all its inhabitants. Our Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. A healthy planet is not an option – it is a necessity. In nature, nothing exists alone. Every animal, plant and organism is intricately interconnected and it is vital we work together to protect and restore our Earth. Villa Hotels and Resorts recognise the collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature and to focus on environmental protection and ocean preservation.
The beginning of July marks the start Plastic Free July – a Global movement that encourages millions of people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution, to come together to work towards cleaner streets, clearer oceans and sustainable communities. As with every International Day or Global movement, Plastic Free July is not just simply one month to stop using plastic, but rather finding innovative ways to adapt to a more sustainable way of living and working towards eliminating the use of plastic now and in the future. Villa Hotels and Resorts prioritise environmental sustainability and caring for the natural environment. We believe in the power of change and raising awareness for future generations.
As part of a continuous pledge to help protect our natural environment, Villa Hotels collection of Maldives resorts donate plastic for recycling in partnership with Parley for the Oceans – an organization addressing major threats towards our oceans and fighting for environmental protection through recycling initiatives and global projects. In addition, Villa Resorts have introduced reusable glass bottles throughout the resorts and on drive excursions in a development strategy to eliminate plastic completely from the islands. DiveOceanus dive centre at Royal Island Resort & Spa is Villa Hotels first 95% paperless dive centre with all training material, administration forms and material provided to guests digitally. Paradise Island Resort & Spa and Sun Island have since followed suit and run efficiently paperless in the both dive centres. In an effort to preserve the natural beauty and thriving eco systems of the Maldives, Villa Resorts regularly holds ocean and beach clean ups, with one major sandbank clean up planned later this month at a sandbank located nearby to Royal Island Resort & Spa. The resort team along with guests that wish to get involved will join together to remove plastic and debris from the secluded island and the surrounding lagoon. An opportunity to reconnect with nature and to encourage young ocean activists to make a difference and take care of the fragile environment which we call home.
Every small action makes a big change. A few small steps that we can all take on a daily basis to work towards a better future include reducing plastic consumption by switching to reusable bags and glass bottles, recycling as much as you can and always making a conscious effort to leave places better than when you found them. Make sure to only use reef safe sunscreen products when swimming in the ocean so not to damage the natural environment as the chemicals in normal sunscreens can damage corals and marine life. Get involved where you can by volunteering to help organizations carrying out research and conservation activities. There are many powerful ways to make a change and protect the natural environment and we hope to inspire you to go out there and do what you can to help make our planet a better place.
Villa Hotels and Resorts are proud to join the worldwide movement for the protection of the ocean by supporting the 30×30 nature petition to help protect 30% of the planets land and ocean by 2030. We encourage our readers around the world to sign the petition to call on world leaders to protect our planet and our future. Click on the link below to make a difference.