In conjunction with Plastic-free month, Hotel Jen Male Maldives organized an awareness session in collaboration with Parley Maldives under the theme, #BeatPlasticPollution. More than 60 staffs participated in this eye-opening awareness session which took them through various videos and valuable information on ocean pollution that’s happening around the world and in the Maldives.
Parley for the Oceans, is a US-based organization, working with the resorts, hotels, schools, local islands and fishing vessels to intercept plastic, which is then shipped abroad for recycling. It is making design-wear from plastic waste.
The Maldives appears to be an idyllic paradise, but it has not escaped the impact of the thousands of tons of plastic waste that ends up in the world’s oceans. Endless bits of plastic washed up on the pristine sands, just meters away from abundant sea life, that includes turtles, dolphins, stingrays and hundreds of fish species. The figures are alarming every year 13 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans, where they destroy coral reefs and threaten marine fauna.
Hotel Jen has been one of the collaborative partners for Parley Maldives from 2017 and has been segregating the plastic wastes of the hotel and its staffs support this cause by bringing weekly plastic collected at home which then is collected from Parley weekly basis. Up to date, we have contributed 1842.50 kg of plastic to Parley. As its all our responsibility to ensure we eradicate this problem and show the support for #BeatPlasticPollution.
Today many local NGOs, businesses, school and some government bodies have taken up the cause with the promising initiative as such the Hotel Jen Male Maldives has banned single-use plastic straws, takeaway cups and food containers effective January 2019.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel owners and operators, currently manages over 100 hotels globally in 76 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands.
Launched in 2014, Hotel Jen offers 9 vibrant hotels in some of the best locations across South East Asia, China and the Indian Ocean, including Singapore; Manila, Philippines; Johor and Penang in Malaysia; Hong Kong, Beijing and Shenyang in China; and Malé, Maldives. Hotel Jen is slated to open in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, in 2020.