The Oyster Box in Umhlanga have ditched the straws, and are even offering free drinks for beachgoers who clean up while they soak up the sun!
The threat posed by climate change and the need to preserve natural resources are some of the most important issues facing us today.
And at the Oyster Box, they are keenly aware of their responsibility to confront these problems head-on, and have instituted a Green Team to investigate and implement the ways that they can contribute to this global process.
“We are committed to our community and dedicated to social responsibility. Supporting local charities, conservation, preservation, nature, heritage and green initiatives including the personal development of each member of the Red Carnation team, is at the heart of everything we do.”
The world uses over 500 million unrecyclable plastic straws a day… and plastic straws are one of many types of plastic polluting our earth and harming our wildlife.
They are also one of the top 10 items littering our marine environment but the Oyster Box has added it’s voice to the stamping out of plastic.
“Through our “Last Straw” campaign, we’ve done away with plastic drinking straws on the property,” explained General Manager, Wayne Coetzer.
“In an effort to reduce plastic waste & protect our environment, we are excited to announce that we have done away with plastic straws! As we are perched here on the edge of the magnificent Indian Ocean and as a single straw takes 200 years to break down, it was paramount that we join the “no to straws” movement in order to play our part.”
But the hotel has gone one step further and offered free drinks for hotel residents who help clean up the beach!
“It is important for us to keep our beaches and ocean clean of rubbish which has a detrimental impact on our environment. Everyone at the hotel gets involved in regular ‘clean-ups’ – even our guests!
For every bucket of rubbish collected from the beach by hotel residents, we offer a complimentary cocktail or milkshake in the bar.”
Buckets are supplied by the hotel and once returned to reception, they are redeemed for a drink voucher – to enjoy a special beverage as a ‘thank you’ for helping with our efforts.