Club Med leads the way with environmentally friendly practices

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On my recent trip to Club Med in Cancun, I was struck by the crispness of all the staff. Everyone wore nice white polo shirts with the Club Med Trident in navy blue. My husband and I loved this chic look so much that we got two shirts for ourselves and were happy to model them for a photo. These new staff uniforms – celebrating the company’s 45th anniversary – are made entirely from recycled plastic as part of Club Med’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable approach to tourism. The manufacturing process uses about 40 percent less energy consumption than polyester production and will recycle more than 200,000 plastic bottles in the process. The special collection consists of polo shirts, dresses and caps to serve a variety of roles.

The special collection of uniforms is specifically designed for Club Med staff in various departments and functions, including the following teams: Reception, Client Relations, Meetings and Events, Accounting, Office Administration, Nurses, Management (including Chief village / general manager), bar, sports, entertainment, Mini Club (children’s and teenagers’ clubs), excursions, cleaning, maintenance and landscaping, and spa and well-being.

In addition, clothing made from recycled plastic is available in some Club Med boutiques for customers. They are magnificent ! And I have to say the fabric is beautiful and high end just like you would find in a high end high fashion designer.

The project is deployed in the nine Club Med North America / Caribbean resorts, including: Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda and Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Club Med Cancun and Club Med Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico, Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida ( United States), Club Med Turkoise in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Club Med Columbus Isle in the Bahamas, Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek in Martinique (French Antilles) and Club Med Caravelle in Guadeloupe (French Antilles).

The decision to create new uniforms for staff made from recycled plastic is one of the many initiatives that Club Med is implementing to continue to increase its sustainable development efforts. Throughout history, Club Med has been dedicated to creating happy memories for customers around the world, but not at the expense of others or the environment.

Recently, the company shared news of its new eco-chic resort concept in the Dominican Republic (Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda), the removal of plastic straws from its resorts, and its “Bye-Bye Plastic” project to eliminate single-use plastics. of its stations around the world. About 75 percent of the company’s resorts are Green Globe certified to maintain high standards of sustainable tourism with the goal of increasing that number to 100 percent. The company is also part of an eco-responsible approach in the construction of its resorts and is committed to helping surrounding local communities through various initiatives.

This initiative is part of a permanent eco-responsible approach initiated a few years ago by Club Med. In 2018, for example, Club Med launched its Goodbye plastics and is on track to ban single-use plastic products in bars, restaurants and rooms by the end of 2021.

Faced with the growing impact of tourism on the environment, Club Med has always been committed to sustainable practices. Their Happy to take care program offers a range of sustainable commitments based on values ​​and practices that reflect sustainable development.

Club Med’s latest Exclusive Collection resort, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, is the catalyst for Club Med’s environmental positioning. Devoting its design, activities and elements to the surrounding area, the resort pays homage to the ecological essence of the Dominican Republic so that guests visiting the resort can understand the natural beauty that first attracted many locals to the destination. The resort’s eco-chic concept is based on five pillars: agriculture, immersion, waste management, energy and people.

Sustainability is at the heart of the resort with special programs and initiatives including:

No single-use plastic in the station

Locally sourced coffee and cocoa products in the resort’s Coffee House, in partnership with local farmers

Strict green certifications from the best in the industry: BREEAM certification for the construction process and Green Globe certification for operations

Solar Panel Project – approximately 45,000 square feet of solar panels are installed in the complex to generate renewable energy

The nursery in the resort is currently home to over 30,000 new plants and over 2,000 trees have been preserved or replanted during the construction process

If you love all-inclusive resorts – like me – and also want to do your part to help the planet, consider Club Med, which offers a multitude of water sports, fine dining, spirits and alcohol as part of the package. of its all-inclusive package. . And don’t forget: at Club Med Cancun, you can even try your hand at trapeze! I was scared to death, but I am proud to report that yes, I did, assisted (on Easter Sunday, hence the “ears”) by the two wonderful, highly skilled – and magnificent – trapeze artists from the staff. I encourage you to go!

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