Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rasa Ria Resort kicks off plastic-free campaign

KOTA KINABALU: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa has started its plastic-free campaign to help reduce its plastic footprint.

“We are committed to identifying our plastic footprint in the resort then working on a plan to reduce our plastic single use items.

“On the 1st February we implemented no plastic straws in the resort which was met with outstanding enthusiasm from our colleagues and guests,” said Fiona Hagan, General Manager of Rasa Ria during her courtesy visit to Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism Culture and Environment at his office recently.

The resort has always been committed to caring for the community and the education of conservation and practices to protect our environment.

“Our management and colleagues are excited to lead the way and to make a difference,” she said.

According to the research done by Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP), there are roughly 33% of plastic for single use and approximately 85% of total global plastic used is not recycled.

Looking to the future Rasa Ria will be going plastic-free by 1st April 2018 and usage of one-time use plastic straws and take away boxes will be lessened by at least 250,000 annually.

The resort will be the first hotel in the group to work with PDP in undertaking a baseline measurement of their plastic use and/or waste profile, so that it can better manage, reduce and benefit from the efficient use of plastic with less waste and higher recovery rates.

The Plastic Disclosure Project is focused on bringing innovation, technologies, creativity and collaborations together to address some of the challenges that face the ocean and our broader environment.

Two preventative solutions to the plastic waste issues are the PDP and Global Alert, both of which were announced at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative in New York.