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Published on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sandals Resorts ditching Styrofoam

Styrofoam products will be checking out from all Sandals Resorts International's properties across the Caribbean.

The 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grenada and Turks & Caicos will eliminate Styrofoam from February 1, 2019,

"As we enter the New Year, it's incredibly important that environmental sustainability remains a key priority," said Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International.

It follows the ditching of plastic straws, stirrers, laundry bags and gift shop bags last year.

According to Environment America's Wildlife Over Waste campaign fragments of plastic waste including Styrofoam have been found in 86%  of all sea turtle species and 44% of all seabird species in the region.

"Education is critical, and that's where the Sandals Foundation comes in. We want to keep our islands clean for citizens, visitors and marine wildlife alike," said Heidi Clarke, executive director of the Sandals Foundation.

Sandals Resorts International is also exploring plans to eliminate other plastic products in its resorts by September 2019.

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