In a big win for the ocean, Lizard Island has removed all plastic straws and bottles from use at the resort!
This latest announcement is part of the resort’s focus on ensuring the surrounding environment is respected, nurtured and protected.
Located on the doorstep of the iconic ecosystem that is the Great Barrier Reef, visitors to the resort can explore famous dive sites like the majestic Cod Hole, while also getting the rare chance to learn about challenges and opportunities faced by the reef, up close.
There are regular tours of the Research Station, a world-leader in coral reef education and research, where visitors can speak to staff who live and work in the surrounds about day-to-day health of the marine environment.
Lizard Island also boasts some pretty impressive waste handling and recycling practices, with approximately 60 percent of all waste from the resort operation either recycled or deployed for alternative use.
Commenting on this step towards being a plastic-free holiday destination, Greg Magi, Executive Director Parks and Resorts, Delaware North Companies said that sustainable practises are front-of-mind for all of his staff.
“Lizard Island Resort is privileged to operate on the very doorstep of one of the world’s most spectacular national wonders,” said Magi.
“Given plastic pollution is the biggest threat to our oceans and to the ecosystem that surrounds us, this is an integral step towards keeping our vibrant marine life safe.”
Lizard Island also shows ongoing support to the local community, by ensuring that 90 percent of all food and beverage supplied on-island is purchased from local suppliers.
Each and every guest who visits the island gives back to the local environment via the Environmental Management Charge fee (charged by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority), which goes directly towards the conservation and protection of the Great Barrier Reef.
Lizard Island is also a founding member of the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges Program.