Jumeirah At Saadiyat Island Resort Receives Eco-Friendly Stamp Of Approval

By Sarah Garden
22 January 2020
Resort becomes the Middle East's first to join Oceanic Global’s league of sustainable hotels

In the age of fast fashion, fast cars, and fast food, we all know that we should be doing more to slow down the effects of global warming on our planet. The travel industry is no exception. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort has been on a huge sustainability drive in an effort to become plastic-free, and it’s paid off.

The resort has just received the Ocean Champion Badge of The Oceanic Standard for near zero-waste practices, making it the first hotel in the Middle East to join the league. This verification system recognises eco-friendly hotels around the world, as a stamp of approval for environmentally-conscious travellers.

Jumeirah Saadiyat Island

Enter the hotel and you’ll find the eco-conscious ethos almost wherever you look. Personal care products are packaged in bulk containers or glass, instead of small throw-away plastic bottles; the shower amenities are refillable; order a soft drink and it’ll come with a wheat straw; and laundry bags are made from reusable cloth.

Behind the scenes it’s a similar story. In another UAE-first, there’s an on-site water filtration system. There are also facilities for grey water recycling, environmentally-friendly thermostats, and marine degradable packaging.

“As per the United Nations, the hotel industry is responsible for one percent of global emissions; we at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort have made a promise not to be part of that statistic,” said the hotel’s general manager, Linda Griffin. “We believe that hotels and resorts must join in the fight to preserve our planet for future generations and recognise that going green doesn’t necessarily mean cutting out the luxuries.”

Jumeirah Saadiyat Island

In order to join the ranks of the sustainably-elite, hotels are judged on factors like single-use plastic consumption, waste management practices, sustainable food procurement, and the use of non-toxic products.

“Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort have taken important actions which promote environmental health said Lea d’Auriol, Founder & Executive Director of Oceanic Global. “Reducing single-use plastics from their operations, for example, [and] switching to fillable shower products and eco-friendly straws and takeaway containers.”