Meeru Island Resort and Spa has replaced plastic straws with eco-friendly paper straws.
The new initiative will reduce the use of approximately 225,000 plastic straws at the resort annually — an estimated 3.67 plastic straws per guest.
“Less plastic. More good vibes,” an announcement by the resort read.
“Now you can enjoy your favorite tropical cocktails at Meeru Island Resort and Spa using our Eco-friendly paper straws.”
While plastic is one of the most defining inventions of our time, its negative environmental impact is undeniable. Globally, 300 million tons of plastic are produced on an annual basis and around 8.8 million tons are dumped into the oceans.
The throwaway nature of single-use, seemingly harmless plastic straws are actually one of the top two polluters of the ocean, and each straw takes up to 500 years to decompose. The total number of plastic straws used daily is so large that no global usage figure exists. But Americans alone use 500 million straws daily, according to the National Park Service.
Located in the North Male Atoll and accessible by a 55-minute speedboat ride from the Maldives main Velana International Airport, Meeru is one of the largest resorts in the Maldives, offering its guests a variety of facilities and affordable to superior accommodation.
With five types of room categories to offer, Meeru counts more than 280 rooms, five restaurants, five bars, a renowned spa featuring treatment rooms both overwater and on land, and a wide range of sports and other recreation facilities.