Conservation Corner - 5 small changes to help protect our oceans
1. Swapped our supplier for toilet paper
Ok, so this doesn't sound like a big thing, but changing the supplier of our toilet paper has massively reduced the amount of plastic that arrives in the resort. Our original supplier had each toilet roll wrapped in plastic, or groups of 10 wrapped in plastic. However, our new supplier wraps them in paper, yay! As a busy resort we go through nearly 200 toilets rolls a week - so even this small change has a big impact!
2. Started using home made cleaning products
The chemicals found in cleaning products are extremely harmful to the delicate marine eco system. We are starting to introduce using more natural based products that reduce impacts and will keep our oceans a little bit healthier and happier!
3. Stock reef friendly suncream
Every year 6,000 - 8,000 tonnes of suncream makes its way into the ocean. Most suncreams contain a chemical called oxybenzone, which even in tiny amounts can cause corals to bleach. In fact just a single drop in 4.3 millions gallons of water (about 6 and a half swimming Olympic swimming pools) is enough to cause significant damage and slow growth. At the resort we now sell 'Thank me later' suncream, which does not contain this harmful chemical. They also use recycled plastic for their packaging!
4. Sell refillable water bottles and don't stock plastic straws
A reusable water bottle is an easy way to reduce the amount of plastic in your daily life. Here at Scuba Junkie Komodo we sell refillable water bottles from our friends at Trash Hero. These are for life and there are refill stations in town where you can refill it for free! We do not sell plastic bottles of water and there is not a plastic straw in sight :)
5. Use crates for our vegetables instead of using plastic bags
For our vegetable supplier we invested in large crates. We send these to the stall and the vegetables are put straight in there instead of being sent in plastic bags. Again, it's a small change that has a big impact. If we did not use crates we would need at least 20 plastic bags to transport our vegetables to the resort twice a week meaning if we hadn't changed the way we had them delivered we'd go through 2,080 plastic bags a year! We also use a local supplier as opposed to ordering from Bali - investing in local produce is important to us as well.
If you have any questions about how you can reduce your plastic use then please do get in touch with Scuba Junkie SEAS
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