Meeru Island Resort partners with Parley for the Oceans

Meeru Island Resort & Spa has partnered with Parley for the Oceans.

As part of its ongoing environmental awareness and conservation programmes, Meeru will work together with Parley to avoid, intercept and redesign plastics products on and around the island.

Meeru has been an avid participant of several global and local environmental initiatives in order to conserve the pristine nature of the Maldives and protect the unique marine life.

Winner of the coveted TUI Environmental Champion Award for the past three years, Meeru is dedicated to advocating environmentally sustainable business operations, with an aim to positively impact the communities in which it operates through energy-efficient practices and sustainable education whilst maintaining high-quality services to its guests. The resort continuously strives to incorporate good environmental practices into all of its decisions and operations.

Under its environmental initiatives, Meeru has established its very own Meeru Garden and greenhouse, as well as fresh water and water bottling plants. The resort has also replaced plastic straws with eco-friendly paper straws, reducing the use of approximately 225,000 plastic straws — an estimated 3.67 plastic straws per guest.

Located in the North Male Atoll and accessible by a 55-minute speedboat ride from the Maldives main Velana International Airport, Meeru is one of the largest resorts in the Maldives, offering its guests a variety of facilities and affordable to superior accommodation.

With five types of room categories to offer, Meeru counts more than 280 rooms, five restaurants, five bars, a renowned spa featuring treatment rooms both overwater and on land, and a wide range of sports and other recreation facilities.

Parley is an organisation that addresses environmental threats, especially ocean plastic pollution in the country.

Parley has launched an initiative in the Maldives called Parley Ocean School (POS), a series of global marine expeditions that aims to educate and empower a new class of ambassadors for the movement. The organisation has also collaborated with Adidas to launch a line of shoes and jerseys made from recycled plastic picked off the beaches of the Maldives.

An estimated 8m metric tons of plastic waste enter the oceans each year. The problem is found in every known ecosystem and at every level of the food chain. If current marine pollution trends continue, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by the year 2050.

Known internationally as one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations, the Maldives has an abundance of dive sites with a unique underwater beauty to explore. The islands of the Maldives have consistently warm waters with outstanding visibility throughout the year, and consist of exhilarating dive sites such as vibrant thilas, exciting channels, coral-filled overhangs and fascinating wrecks.

Maldives’ world-renowned coral reefs play a fundamental role in food production, shoreline protection, and tourism revenue, but ocean plastic threatens the survival of shallow coral reefs. Preservation of the reefs has become more important than ever.

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