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Kata Rocks ends the use of plastic straws

Kata Rocks has launched its new sustainability and social impact initiative as it moves to eliminate single-use plastics in the luxury resort starting from 1 September and reach its broader goal within one year.

Environment
By The Phuket News

Friday 21 September 2018, 05:22PM


New sustainability and social impact initiative. *Mocktail.

New sustainability and social impact initiative. *Mocktail.

Guests staying at Kata Rocks are increasingly eco-conscious and are a driving force behind the shift in demand for sustainable travel options. It decides to end the use of plastic straws a natural one, as it is also a significant step towards achieving wider sustainability goals that protect natural habitats of many endangered marine species.

According to Infinite Luxury CEO Richard Pope, the resort wants to inspire more hotels to continue reducing plastic products in their day-to-day operations.

“We at Kata Rocks are committed to being part of the leadership for change. To do so, we need to understand and explain the importance of this decision and how it impacts our future.”

‘This initiative reflects our values as an organisation, and how our actions and responsibilities as a resort impact the environment. These assets, the beach, sea and its marine life are the prime reasons tourists come to Phuket,” he added.

Kata Rocks aims to inspire the local community to follow this lead and encourage guests to carry their experiences at the resort back home with them by continuing to reduce their overreliance on plastic bags and straws in their day-to-day lives.

It recently acted to remove all plastic drinking straws from its food and beverage outlets and organised events. Guests will be offered alternatives. Regular plastic straws will be replaced with eco-friendly and paper straws.

Moving forward the resort is also exploring ways how it can eliminate waste from single-use plastic water bottles. Regular plastic water bottles will be replaced with carton – easily recyclable- packaging, which will please nature and guests alike. The resort is also considering bottling its water in reusable glass containers, by developing an onsite water filtration and purification facility, offering still and sparkling water options in fully reusable glass containers.

This comes as Kata Rocks continues to highlight its commitment to Phuket’s environment and ocean conservation, as well as the rescue of imperilled marine animals that are most at risk from plastic.

Plastic straws may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about ocean pollution. Although small and seemingly harmless, Singapore alone uses an estimated 2.2 million plastic straws daily; they cause immense harm to the environment. The issue is critical in Asia, where China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam dump more plastic into oceans than the rest of the world combined, threatening nearly 700 marine species with extinction due to plastic pollution.

 

 

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Rorri_2 | 25 September 2018 - 06:17:14

"Don't you understand the article," yes we do, it's a free add for a resort, I was in Bali, recently, all cafes, restaurants etc I visited had straws made from bamboo, by not one add to say they had changed from plastic... yep, a free plug.

Rorri_2 | 25 September 2018 - 06:10:33

"I am sorry hinny,but where did i defend Thailand and his environmental problems in my comments" possibly because the article is about Thailand, simple fact is Singapore is more environmentally aware, than Thailand, but hey, if you must focus only on straws then you really do have issues.

Pauly44 | 24 September 2018 - 18:46:18

Blah Blah, we all know what you meant, another farang lost touch with reality eh! 

DeKaaskopp | 24 September 2018 - 17:37:56

I am sorry hinny,but where did i defend Thailand and his environmental problems in my comments? I was solely reacting on the fact that Singapore is using 2,2 million plastic straws daily,as mentioned in the article.Your interpretation of my words  is completely wrong.

Pauly44 | 24 September 2018 - 16:11:23

So your argument is Singapore is less considerate towards the environment than Thailand as they use plastic straws? It's a neverending river of apologetic B.S from you, Thailand is a high level polluter, period, anybody trying to defend its environmental record comparing it to a much cleaner country is not in touch with reality or just making excuses for the sake of it. 

DeKaaskopp | 24 September 2018 - 14:55:59

But if they are so environmentally aware hinny,how come they still using plastic straws at all in Singapore and no paper straws ??

Pauly44 | 24 September 2018 - 11:29:30

Difference is Singapore citizens would dispose of them and other refuse in a responsible manner as they have one of the cleanest countries and are obviously environmentally aware and considerate towards others, they don't throw rubbish on the ground as they are too selfish / lazy to bin it as majority of Thai's do, that is the point, wake up Mr. Apologist. 

DeKaaskopp | 24 September 2018 - 11:14:16

"Singapore alone uses 2,2million plastic straws daily"Now i'm really shocked.I read so many times on here what a perfect country Singapore is and that Phuket could learn so much from them.And now comes this devastating news.

Jor12 | 23 September 2018 - 20:18:29

Don't you understand the article?

Kurt | 23 September 2018 - 15:18:44

Why the whole of Phuket not ends the use of plastic straws and styrofoam  food boxes by Government order. ( Not necessary  by departing Governor, that doesn't work anyway). Set some big steps for improvement Phuket environment.

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