Hayman Island by InterContinental is taking a stance on sustainability by committing to protect the vulnerable Great Barrier Reef.
The resort is ensuring it is intrinsically linked to the protection of the environment by banning all single-use plastics and only providing guests with reef-safe sunscreens, among other measures.
“[S]tudies have shown that every minute, up to one million plastic bottles are being purchased with only 23 per cent of these being recycled,” a Hayman Island by InterContinental spokesperson said.
“Whilst people’s individual choices about what they put in our oceans is out of our control, we recognise that we can control what occurs in our extraordinary surrounds and seek to inspire our guests at Hayman Island to do so also.
“From our ban on single use plastic to our commitment to reef-safe sunscreen, through simple yet strong initiatives we hope to not only protect our sacred local environment, but also educate our visitors and guests on easy sustainable practices.”
During their island stay, guests will be taken on a journey of education when it comes to Hayman Island by InterContinental’s neighbouring reef ecosystems.
They will also be exclusively supplied with reef-safe sunscreen – namely, environmentally friendly and Australian owned We Are Feel Good Inc. products – a biologically-safer sunscreen alternative.
The activation of this initiative is an effort negate the wider effects of toxic sunscreen on the world’s oceans and a result of a myriad of international scientific research projects that detail the long-lasting effects of sunscreen ingredients on the world’s reef ecosystems.
Guests will also receive a complimentary, reusable water bottle upon check-in – reinforcing Hayman Island by InterContinental’s ban on single-use plastics – and will be encouraged to refill this during their stay. Guests will have access to multiple filtered water stations, conveniently placed across the resort.
In addition, the resort has implemented a glass-to-sand crusher to recycle glass bottles for use in the island’s garden. Hayman Island by InterContinental has also committed to heavily reducing paper usage with the introduction of in-room iPads as an alternative to printed paperwork.
To conserve and maximise energy, Hayman Island by InterContinental has also installed state-of-the-art in-room technology, which keep rooms cool once guests leave by activating automated blind systems and censoring lights. All initiatives are designed to ensure Hayman Island by InterContinental’s natural beauty is built to last.
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