Single use plastics pose a particular environmental hazard in the Maldives as they often end up littering the beaches, jungles, and coral reefs. Summer Island was therefore delighted when the Government announced that single use plastics will be banned in the Maldives by 2023. To support this initiative, Summer Island has ceased the use of single use plastic water bottles in all the rooms and restaurants, and has replaced them with reusable glass bottles, filled with drinking water from the island’s Reverse-Osmosis plant. We have also scrapped plastic soft drinks bottles at the bar (Coke, Fanta, tonic water etc.) and replaced them with canned soft drinks that are recyclable. Single use plastic bags have been discontinued in the shop, and replaced with cloth bags. Most recently, we replaced the small single use plastic water bottles used on our boats, replacing them with small reusable glass bottles replete with their very own Summer Island wetsuits to avoid breakages! Summer Island is working with UK-based NGO Common Seas, in order to drive out the remaining single use plastic items in our resort and supply chains.