(Dive Travel Business News - October 19, 2012) -- Divi Resorts is greening up its act with a series of environmental initiatives begun more than two years ago at its 10 Caribbean resorts on the five islands of Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, St Croix, and St Maarten. E.J. Schanfarber, President of Divi Resorts, initiated a number of sustainable measures when he arrived at Divi in 2007, but they proved a hard sell to employees.
"This has taken a while," said Schanfarber. "Things move slowly in the Caribbean, but Divi feels a strong sense of responsibility to maintain ecosystems where we operate and to educate our staff and our guests in these areas."
As a starter, to discourage use of plastic water bottles, each Divi guest is handed a reusable water bottle at check-in, which can be refilled at water stations at the resorts. Commonplace items that guests now disregard, such as tent cards in guest rooms, have been removed. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - May 10, 2010) -- Divi Resorts has implemented a variety of sustainability programs and initiatives across its Caribbean properties on Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, St Croix, and St Maarten.
The measures include eliminating polystyrene foam; utilizing 72-hour biodegradable materials; increased recycling of bottles, paper, ink cartridges and boxes; improving the separation of recyclables; installing low-flow toilets and showerheads; using recycled waste as garden compost; cutting chlorine usage in pools by 50 percent and replacing all standard light bulbs with energy saving bulbs.
Divi staff members also request guests reuse towels and sheets to decrease the energy used in machine washing as well as water waste. In addition, there are recycling programs in place and Divi resorts no longer use disposable cups at open-air bars and restaurants, only reusable plastic cups. read more »