Published on : Thursday, April 25, 2019
The Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment recently certified the resorts as a ‘ Green Hotel’ after the introduction of wide-ranging initiatives that help in reducing waste, energy and water – critical factors in a delicate island ecosystem like Koh Samui.
Timing switches are placed in the SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort to save energy. It automatically turns off lights, and energy-efficient heat exchange systems to power the hot water. Its guest rooms and public areas have water saving taps.
The waste water before being discharged is treated, other waste is sorted and separated while bottles, paper and oil being sent for recycling.
The laundry department ultilised the leftover soap and the leftover food is donated . Old curtains are transformed into laundry bags and bottle covers, and recycled wood is used to make the key tags for guest rooms.
As well operating its own recycling programmes, the resort also works with like-minded local suppliers to purchase responsible products, including recycled paper and Eco-friendly cleaning products made from biodegradable ingredients.
SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort also has a plastic reduction programme, it has helped in successful elimination of more than 63,000 plastic bottles per year and replaced them with refillable glass bottles. Around 52,000 plastic bags have been replaced with innovative eco-friendly version made from corn starch.
Approximately 38,000 plastic drinking straws have been withdrawn from the resort’s F&B outlets and replaced with biodegradable versions, and 18,600 plastic butter containers have been removed from its breakfast tables.
There has been a complete shift from single-use plastic which led to the prevention of 180,000 pieces of plastic waste from being disposed of in landfill sites or in the sea every year.
Dick Simarro, the resort’s General Manager said that at SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort they understand the importance of conservation – especially in fragile island ecosystems like Koh Samui. A wide range of initiatives has been introduced that will reduce the resort’s environmental impact as much as possible.
He felt delighted to reveal that in the next two-to-three months, we will be removing most of the plastic packaging from our guest rooms. Through these initiatives they aimed to ensure a sustainable future for Koh Samui’s tourism industry.