Should Club Med open an Australian resort in the near future (it’s under consideration), then it, along with all other resorts, will be free of single-use plastic straws.

The premium property group has announced it will remove plastic straws from its 68 resorts worldwide after successfully scrapping the environmentally damaging product from eight resorts in Asia earlier this year.

In place of plastic straws, Club Med has introduced a ‘Straw on Request’ policy that allows staff to give guests paper straws, only when requested.

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Since implemented the new policy in Club Med’s popular Thailand resort, Club Med Phuket, the use of straws has dropped by 76 percent, which is the equivalent of a reduction of 1,000 straws per day.

The removal of plastic straws in 2019 is in line with Club Med’s plans to eradicate all single-use plastic from its resorts permanently.

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General Manager of the Pacific, Rachael Harding, said Club Med has a firm belief that guest’s happiness shouldn’t come at the “expense of others or of nature”, and this is evident through each area of the business.

“This mantra is considered throughout the entire process from location scouting, construction, biodiversity protection, food and water consumption, staffing, and educating our guests.”

Rachael Harding, Club Med General Manager in the Pacific

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As part of Club Med’s environmentally-friendly approach, the all-inclusive resort brand is aiming to have all properties worldwide achieve a ‘Green Globe Certification’, currently around 74 percent have the tick of approval from the highest and most thorough standard of responsible tourism.

The group also introduced a new food wastage solution called Winnow, which has helped reduce food wastage at Cub Med Bali by 56 percent. It is currently being rolled out across Asia in Club Med Phuket, Bintan, Cherating and Kani.

 

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