Banyan Tree Marine Center at Angsana Velavaru teamed up with guests, associates, council members and colleagues from Sun Aqua Vilu Reef & Iru Veli for a coastal clean up at the local island of Bandidhoo, Dhaalu to mark the World Clean Up Day 2019.

Despite the harsh weather conditions, the clean up action attracted more than 50 members and resulted in removal of more than a ton of plastic waste washed ashore Bandidhoo sand beaches. With 8 million tonnes of plastics entering our oceans every year (most being transported there by rivers and waterways), we’re turning our seas into a plastic soup. In Maldives, the geographical structure of the country and the challenges

in effective waste management, result in repetitive accumulation of plastic (mostly single use) on the beaches of both inhabited and uninhabited islands across the Maldivian atolls.

Second part of the World Clean Up initiative was held at Meedhoo island housereef, where Angsana Velavaru guests and associates guided by the Banyan Tree Marine Centre team, successfully removed 92 specimens of pin cushion starfish, a predatory species, known to prey on corals and other sedentary animals.

Angsana Velavaru Maldives is committed to our brand-wide pledge to reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastics from our operations, as part of our continued effort to directly address the detrimental effect that plastic is having on the environment and marine life. In our first year, we as a Group managed to eliminate over 25% of targeted single-use plastic, meaning 1 in 4 of these items used will no longer be sent to landfill or end up polluting our environment.

Angsana Velavaru’s CSR committee continues to support local communities by educating both young and old generations on single-use plastic, its environmental impact to our ecosystem and solutions on reduction and elimination.