The Oyster Box says ‘NO’ to straws
Plastic seems to be in everything and almost impossible to avoid these days. But with the advent of social media awareness around the ills of single-use plastic growing daily, various initiatives such as #refusethestraw, #plasticpollution and #singleuseplastics, have galvanised the public into using their voices and purchasing power to stamp out its gratuitous use. The Oyster Box has added its own voice through two engaging initiatives. …to the stamping out of plastic.
“Through our ‘Last Straw’ campaign, we’ve done away with plastic drinking straws on the property,” explains General Manager, Wayne Coetzer. “As we are perched here on the edge of the magnificent Indian Ocean and as a single straw takes 200 years to break down, it was paramount that we join the ‘no to straws’ movement in order to play our part.”
The hotel will provide biodegradable paper straws if requested.
In addition, for every bucket of rubbish collected from the beach by hotel residents only, the Hotel is offering a free cocktail or milkshake!
The buckets are supplied by the hotel and once returned to the reception are redeemed for a drink voucher.
The Oyster Box has certainly earned its reputation as one of the world’s most recognised and sought after five-star hotels. With its many green initiatives, it has also taken its place as one of the most forward-thinking hotels when it comes to preserving the environment.
Coetzer says, “The very success of tourism has the potential to undermine its long-term viability. The hospitality industry has a responsibility towards the magnificent places in which it operates to embrace the idea that together with travellers, we can create a reality where the environment is in perfect harmony with travel dreams.”
The Oyster Box practices sustainable tourism on the property in a number of ways:
- Heat expelled from the hotel’s air-conditioning system is used to warm the water of its 14 pools
- Solar heating is used to heat water in The Spa
- Grey water from showers, baths and hand basins is used for flushing toilets
- Rainwater is harvested and stored in large tanks for use in the gardens
- Performance glazing has been used on windows and doors to assist in maintaining constant interior temperatures and reduce noise
- Energy efficient lights and lamps have been installed where possible and sensors on bedroom sliding doors switch off air-conditioning immediately when doors to balconies and terraces are opened
- A sophisticated building management system controls the major service installations throughout the property to ensure maximum energy efficiency and control at all times
- Indigenous, waterwise and established plants and trees have been planted in the extensive gardens to minimise water usage
- The bulk of the hotel waste is separated and sent for recycling
Other Water-saving practices include:
– Reduced water pressure throughout the hotel
– Letters and cards in the rooms & bathrooms regarding the water situation in the country and encouraging guests to assist us in our efforts by, for example, not having their linen and towels changed daily.