Sandals Resorts International has announced that all 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven major Caribbean Islands will eliminate all Styrofoam from the February 1. The move is part of a continued effort to protect the environment.
Sandals has resorts in destinations including Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, Grenada and Turks & Caicos. The elimination of Styrofoam follows the removal of single-use plastic straws in 2018.
The elimination of Styrofoam is particularly important in the Caribbean region, where marine wildlife across the more than 700 islands and coastlines is abundant.
According to Environment America’s Wildlife Over Waste campaign, scientists have found plastic fragments including Styrofoam in 86 per cent of all sea turtle species, 44 per cent of all seabird species and 43 per cent of all marine mammal species.
The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, continues to amplify efforts to reduce pollution in the Caribbean and educate communities on the dangers that pollution poses to the environment, health and tourism.