Jumeirah awarded first Oceanic Standard eco champion badge in Middle East

The luxury Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi has received Oceanic Standard’s Ocean Champion badge in recognition of its drive to become plastic-free.

The first hotel to receive the status in the Middle Eastern region, the badge recognises eco-friendly hotels across the world that make significant efforts to reduce their environmental impact, both behind-the-scenes and in guest rooms.

Hotels are judged on a number of factors, including reducing single-use plastic consumption; implementing responsible waste management practices, food waste management, sustainable food procurement and the use of nontoxic products.

As the Jumeirah Group’s first luxury “eco-conscious” resort, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort received the certification following the introduction of a plethora of new practices.

Measures included providing guests with personal products that are non-toxic or packaged in glass containers instead of single-use plastic; refillable shower amenities and an extensive in-house recycling scheme.

The hotel also set up an on-site water filtration system, which is another first for the industry in the United Arab Emirates.

Further eco initiatives included greywater recycling, environmentally friendly thermostats in guest rooms and marine degradable packaging for toiletries.

Lea d’Auriol, founder and executive director of Oceanic Global said: “We are excited to award Jumeirah at Saddiyat Island Resort with the Oceanic Standard, Ocean Champion badge. 

“The hotel has taken important actions which promote environmental health by reducing single-use plastics from their operations such as switching to fillable shower products and eco-friendly straws and takeaway containers, for example.”

Linda Griffin, GM at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort said blending luxury and sustainability has always been at the heart of the hotel’s mission. 

“As per the United Nations, the hotel industry is responsible for 1% of global emissions.  We at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort have made a promise not to be part of that statistic.

“We believe that hotels and resorts must join in the fight to preserve our planet for future generations and recognise that going green doesn’t necessarily mean cutting out the luxuries.

“Becoming as sustainable as possible not only will it benefit the earth, but also our collective conscience.”

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