Diamond Resorts to cut single-use plastics
Leading vacation ownership company Diamond Resorts is working on reducing single-use plastics across its European resorts, eliminating or replacing 25 everyday plastic items with sustainable options.
In an effort to reduce the company’s impact on the environment, Diamond has been training its team members on ways to be more environmentally friendly in their day-to-day tasks. The company also has developed educational programmes to help its members, owners and guests adopt green habits.
Since plastic is one of the top hazards to the planet, Diamond’s European resorts procured a comprehensive list of plastic products their teams frequently used as part of operations during the last three months of 2018. From the list, the resort teams identified 25 single-use products to replace with more eco-friendly options or discontinue altogether, including:
- Disposable plates
- Eating utensils
- Drinking cups
- Coffee stirs
- Water bottles
- Shampoo and soap bottles
- Plastic laundry bags
In partnership with the We Are Water Foundation, the resorts have also started selling reusable metal water bottles and bamboo toothbrushes, and installed filters on the taps at many of the resorts to reduce the 62,000 plastic water bottles that were purchased last year.
The resorts have also replaced accommodation amenities, including shampoo and shower gel dispensers, which has reduced plastic by 39 per cent, and are now collecting or distributing linens in cloth bags, reducing bin liners by 70 per cent.
Diamond has a company mission of educating its members, owners and guests on the importance of being environmentally responsible to reduce the travel industry’s impact on the globe. The goal is to raise awareness of the future of sustainable travel.