Summer Island Maldives has discontinued the use of all single-use plastic bottles in its speedboats.
Single-use plastic bottles were previously used to provide water for guests travelling between Male’, Hulhule’ and the resort, which is located in North Male’ atoll, about a 40 minute speedboat ride from the airport.
Single-use plastic bottles have been entirely placed with reusable glass bottles. Each bottle is housed in a soft cover, made from fabric similar to that used in wetsuits, to prevent breakages during rough seas.
Summer Island has already removed single-use plastic bottles from guest rooms, the restaurant, and the bar, replacing them with reusable glass bottles filled with drinking water produced on the island.
Mari Shareef, Summer Island’s Resort Manager, says the move to replace the plastic bottles in the launches is another step towards Summer Island’s goal of becoming completely single-use plastics free.
Summer Island has already discontinued the use of plastic cola and soft drinks bottles used in the bar, replacing them with tin cans. Single use plastic bags have also been discontinued, as have single-use plastic straws. Single-use paper drinks coasters have been replaced with wooden coasters, made from wood found on the island.
“Guests like the fact that we no longer use single-use plastics. They often remark that they like the fact we don’t use plastic anymore, and we receive positive comments about this on Trip Adviser and other online booking sites,” Mari says.
“Nobody has complained about the switch from plastic,” she added.