Vilamendhoo Island Resort adopts new initiatives to reduce plastic waste

Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa has adopted two new waste reduction initiatives to strengthen its commitment to environmental sustainability.

The initiatives include the use of reusable eco-bottles and paper straws.

“This new initiative will reduce the negative impact on marine life by eliminating tens of thousands of single-use plastics, from entering the sea. Guests staying at Vilamendhoo will be more encouraged to support this cause by using eco-friendly alternatives,” an announcement by the resort read.

The effects of plastic on marine life are devastating. 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.

Located in South Ari Atoll and accessible by a scenic 25-minute seaplane transfer, Vilamendhoo is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach. The resort offers accommodation in 184 rooms, including 30 Jacuzzi Water Villas, 30 Jacuzzi Beach Villas, 111 Beach Villas and 13 Garden Rooms.

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