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Resort Initiates Go-Green Initiative

Resort Initiates Go-Green Initiative
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is at Natadola Bay.
August 04
11:00 2018

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa has announced the successful launch of a “Plastic Straw-free” campaign.

The campaign is a property wide Go Green project to eliminate the use of plastic straws in an effort to conserve and protect the envi­ronment.

Recent trends of increased plastic use across Fiji have seen a threat to the marine life and environment. Fiji’s Department of Environment has revealed via conducted research that Fiji uses on average of 50 to 60 million plastic bags yearly.

The alarming threat to the environment was the catalyst behind the Government of Fiji, under the leadership of Prime Minister and COP23 President Voreqe Bainimarama, imposing a plastic bag levy under the “Envi­ronment and Climate Adaptation Levy”.

According to Plastic Oceans, the devas­tating impact of onetime-use plastic items contribute to an estimated 300 million tons of plastics produced on an annual basis; whereby approximately 8 million tons of it gets dumped into our oceans.

This green initiative by the InterContinen­tal Fiji Golf Resort & Spa will account for the elimination of using more than 50 thousand plastic straws annually across the entire property.

“Plastic pollution is a global phenomenon that has crept up on us over the decades, and it really requires now more than ever a global reaction,” said Andrew Davidson, Area Gen­eral Manager South Pacific at InterContinen­tal Fiji Golf Resort & Spa.

“With the introduction of this plastic straw-free campaign we hope to do our part in man­aging and using plastic more wisely which in turn might inspire more hospitality opera­tors to do the same.

“Biodegradable paper straws will now sub­stitute plastic straws and be provided to our guests only upon request across all our out­lets.”

The announcement comes alongside the ex­isting environmental initiatives across our IHG properties. This includes IHG Green En­gage, an online sustainability system which helps hotels save money on utility costs, win business, and reduce environmental impact.

InterContinental Fiji also facilitates other smaller local projects including marine con­servation initiatives such as “Coral planting” and “Reef-Ology”.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Source: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa.

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