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Earth Day, a day dedicated to environmental action, takes place on Saturday, April 22 this year. It is celebrated to encourage individuals and organizations across the globe to reflect on the care of the planet and shed light on pollution, animals, plants, and the natural environment.
As one of the most eco-friendly resorts in the Indian Ocean, Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi is deeply committed to sustainable practices, with comprehensive and ever-expanding efforts to reduce environmental footprint and educate guests, team members, and local communities.
Notable initiatives that are energy-efficient, waste-reducing, and awareness-raising include:
Water Desalination and Bottling Plant: Most drinking water is obtained from the resort’s own desalination plant. This water, which comes in reusable glass bottles, is complimentary for guests and constitutes an essential reduction of plastic waste.
Reusable Fairmont Bottles: We are proud to introduce another addition to our sustainability efforts with the launch of reusable water bottles to keep guests hydrated and eliminate the need for single-use plastic. Further, water dispensing machines are conveniently placed at different locations around the island where our guests can refill their reusable bottles.
Chef’s Garden: Our passionate Gardening team successfully grows lemongrass, aubergine, mint, chili, curry leaves, onions, spinach, basil, sweet potatoes, bananas, and pineapples, among others.
Compost System: We convert food waste into organic compost for garden soil via our state-of-the-art compost machine, which allows for the reduction of waste disposal.
Guided Snorkelling Tours of the Coralarium: The Marine Biology team guides our guests in exploring the world’s first semi-submerged art gallery and the Maldives’ first coral restoration project in the form of an art installation by British eco-artist, Jason deCaires Taylor.
Turtle Ranger Programme: In collaboration with the Olive Ridley Project, we help collect ID data for research and protect sea turtles and their natural habitat.
Recycling Workshops in the Sustainability Lab: We repurpose plastic waste and ghost nets into bespoke souvenirs, creative furniture, and essential products for local schools. In 2007, our resort recycled about 3,400 kg of plastic waste.
Participation in Global Environmental Campaigns, such as Earth Hour, Earth Day, Oceans Day, and Wildlife Day.
Polestar Collaboration: We have partnered with design-focused electric car brand, Polestar, to provide sustainable airport transfers for our guests.
Solar Panels: The resort has installed solar panels to harness energy from the sun, which results in a massive reduction in carbon emissions. Solar energy covers about 15% of the property’s daily power requirements.
Marine Life Presentations: All guests are welcome to join and learn more about the archipelago’s pristine yet fragile environment and some interesting facts on turtles, dolphins, manta rays, sharks, coral reefs, and the resort’s sustainability practices through a fun and educational session led by the Marine Biology team.
Green Globe Certification: We are the first Fairmont property in the world to achieve the coveted Green Globe Certification for our various noteworthy sustainability endeavors.
For more information about our eco-inspired initiatives here at Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi, please visit: https://www.fairmont-maldives.com/sustainability/