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Club Med Leads The Way With Eco-Friendly Practices

Club Med Leads The Way With Eco-Friendly Practices

On my recent trip to Club Med in Cancun, I was struck by how sharp all of the staff looked. Everyone was wearing beautiful white polo shirts bearing the Club Med Trident in navy blue. My husband and I so loved that spiffy look that we got two shirts for ourselves and were happy to model them for a photo. These new staff uniforms – celebrating 45 years of the company — are completely constructed from recycled plastic as part of  Club Med’s continuing commitment to a sustainable approach to tourism. The manufacturing process uses approximately 40 percent less energy consumption than polyester production and will recycle more than 200,000 plastic bottles in the process. The special collection consists of polos, dresses and caps to serve a variety of roles.

The special uniform collection is specifically designed for Club Med’s staff in various departments and roles, including the following teams: Reception, guest relations, meetings and events, accounting, office administration, nurses, management (including the Chief of Village/General Manager), bar, sports, entertainment, Mini Club (children’s and teen’s clubs), excursions, housekeeping, maintenance and landscaping, and spa and wellness. 

Additionally, clothing made out of recycled plastic is available at select Club Med boutiques for guests to purchase. They’re gorgeous! And I have to say, the fabric is beautiful and high-end, just as you would find from a haute-couture high-end designer.

 The project is being deployed across all nine of Club Med’s North American/Caribbean resorts, including: Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda and Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Club Med Cancun and Club Med Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico, Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida (U.S.), Club Med Turkoise in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Club Med Columbus Isle in the Bahamas, Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek in Martinique (French West Indies), and Club Med Caravelle in Guadeloupe (French West Indies). 

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 The decision to create new staff uniforms made out of recycled plastic is one of the many initiatives that Club Med is enacting to continue to grow its sustainability efforts. Throughout history, Club Med has been dedicated to creating happy memories for guests from all over the world, but not at the expense of others or the environment.

Recently, the company shared news of its new eco-chic resort concept in the Dominican Republic (Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda), the removal of plastic straws from its resorts, and its “Bye-Bye Plastic” project to eliminate single-use plastics from its resorts globally. Approximately 75 percent of the company’s resorts are certified under Green Globe for maintaining high standards for sustainable tourism with the goal of increasing that number to 100 percent. The company also enacts an eco-friendly approach to the construction of its resorts and works to help the surrounding local communities through various initiatives. 

This initiative is part of an ongoing eco-friendly process that Club Med started a few years ago. In 2018, for example, Club Med launched its Bye-Bye Plastics program, and is on track to ban single-use plastic products from bars, restaurants and rooms by the end of 2021.

With tourism’s growing impact on the environment, Club Med has always devoted itself to sustainable practices. Their Happy to Care program features a range of sustainable commitments based on values and practices that reflect sustainable development.

Club Med’s newest Exclusive Collection resort, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, acts as the catalyst for Club Med’s environment-friendly positioning. Devoting its design, activities and elements to the surrounding region, the resort pays homage to the Dominican Republic’s ecological essence so guests who visit the resort can understand the natural beauty that first attracted many locals to the destination. The resort’s eco-chic concept is based on five core pillars: agriculture, immersion, waste management, energy and people. 

 Sustainability is at the heart of the resort with special programs and initiatives, including:  

·        No single-use plastics in the resort

·        Locally sourced coffee and cacao products in the resort’s Coffee House, in partnership with local farmers

·        Strict eco-friendly certifications from the best in the industry: BREEAM certification for the construction process, and Green Globe certification for the operations

·        Solar panel project – an estimated 45,000 square feet of solar panels are being installed in the resort to generate renewable energy

·        In-resort plant nursery currently houses 30,000+ new plants, and more than 2,000 trees were preserved or re-planted during the construction process

If you love all-inclusive resorts – as I do – and also want to do your part to help the planet, consider Club Med, offering you a wealth of watersports, fine dining, and spirits and alcohol as part of its all-inclusive package. And don’t forget – at Club Med Cancun you can even try your skills on the trapeze! I was scared to death but am proud to report that yes, I did it, assisted (on Easter Sunday, hence the “ears”) by the wonderful two highly skilled — and beautiful — trapeze artists on staff. I encourage you to go for it!

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Published at Fri, 11 Jun 2021 18:09:48 +0000

Article source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/debbikickham/2021/06/11/club-med-leads-the-way-with-eco-friendly-practices/