Summer Island Maldives announced that the resort has discontinued the use of all single-use plastic bottles previously provided on speedboats.
Resort Manager Mari Shareef iterated that the move to replace the plastic bottles placed in the launches is yet another step towards Summer Island’s goal of becoming completely single-use plastics free.
Management revealed that prior to the change, single-use plastic bottles were used to provide refreshment for guests travelling between Male’, Hulhule’ and the resort, which is located in North Male’ Atoll.
According to the resort, single-use plastic bottles were replaced with reusable glass bottles housed in soft covers, made from fabric similar to that used in wetsuits, to prevent breakages while travelling in rough seas.
Prior to this change the resort had removed single-use plastic bottles from guest rooms, the restaurant, and the bar, replacing them with reusable glass bottles filled with drinking water produced on the island itself.
"Guests like the fact that we no longer use single-use plastics. They often remark that they like the fact we don’t use plastic anymore, and we receive positive comments about this on Trip Adviser and other online booking sites",
Additionally, Summer Island switched plastic cola and soft drinks bottles used in the bar with tin cans. Single use plastic bags and single-use plastic straws were discontinued as well.
Moreover, the resort also replaced single-use paper drinks coasters with wooden coasters.
Referring to the responses received from guests and staff alike, Mari said that thus far, "No one has complained about the switch from plastic".