Divi Resorts hopes to curb this pollution by removing straws from all of its resorts, effective immediately. “Our goal is to take an active role in protecting and maintaining the beauty of our tropical islands and the creatures that call them home,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO. “We've always been focused on green initiatives, through our Divi Cares programme and searching for ways to improve our sustainability, so this is just another way we can do our part to help the environment.” Divi Resorts has been embracing the green movement on its Caribbean islands for years, with initiatives such as water conservation, energy management and waste management programmes created to save valuable resources, reducing energy usage and efficiently recycle waste. In addition, Divi Resorts staff participate in workshops and seminars conducted by environmental committees, local government organizations and non-governmental environmental organizations to increase awareness and spread the word about sustainable living. These programmes have earned Divi Resorts many awards and recognitions including the Barbados Environmental and Sustainable Tourism Award. “We're proud to say we're putting our best foot forward when it comes to ‘going green’ on our resorts,” said Galaverna. According to the magazine National Geographic, Americans use 500 million straws daily and eight million tonnes of plastic trash flows into our world's oceans every year. While plastic drinking straws are not the top contributor, these tiny tubes are unnecessary and have become a huge problem for the beautiful Caribbean islands and the creatures that call them home. Their size makes them one of the most insidious polluters because they entangle marine animals and are consumed by fish.
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