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Male’, Maldives, 24th April 2024 – Angsana Velavaru, an all-inclusive premium resort nestled in the pristine South Nilandhe Atoll and a leading advocate for environmental stewardship in the Maldives, commemorated Earth Day on April 22nd with a series of impactful initiatives. With a steadfast commitment to sustainability, the resort hosted a range of activities aimed at raising awareness and promoting responsible practices, aligning with the global movement coordinated by EARTHDAY.ORG since 1970.

The Earth Day celebration at Angsana Velavaru kicked off with the launch of the “SustainLinen: Apron Collection” at Kaani Restaurant’s interactive breakfast pancake station. Symbolizing a remarkable transformation, these linens, once adorning the resort’s villas, were repurposed instead of being discarded, showcasing the resort’s dedication to sustainable practices.

In July 2023, the Green Sustainability Team, comprising dedicated associates from various resort departments, introduced the “SustainLinen Tote Bag with Purpose” initiative to offer an eco-friendly alternative to disposable plastic bags, thereby reducing plastic waste. Since September 2023, this initiative has been extended to neighboring communities and in-house guests. To mark Earth Day, skilled tailors at the resort crafted 30 tote bags from discarded beach umbrellas for distribution to guests.

A tree planting session led by Angsana Velavaru’s Executive Assistant Manager – Food and Beverage, Neil Firman, saw the planting of 77 trees, followed by a reef cleanup where participants removed 25 Pin Cushion Sea Stars, safeguarding the precious corals that adorn the underwater realm.

Meanwhile, children engaged in bracelet-making workshops at the Ranger’s Club, using repurposed fishing nets to create trendy accessories, highlighting the importance of recycling and reducing marine pollution. Families also joined in an island cleanup effort, ensuring the island remained a sanctuary for both guests and the natural ecosystem.

“We are thrilled to lead the Earth Day celebration with a renewed commitment to sustainability,” said Abdul Nasir Ibrahim, Executive Housekeeper and Sustainability Champion at Angsana Velavaru. “Through initiatives such as repurposing fishing nets for trendy bracelets and engaging in eco-friendly activities, we aim to inspire positive change and foster a deeper connection to our environment.”

“At Angsana Velavaru, we invite guests, associates, and the local community to embrace sustainability and contribute to a more resilient and harmonious future,” added Muhamad Izuan, Marine Environment Officer. “We believe in the power of small ideas and collaborative efforts. There is always room for innovation and a deep sense of responsibility to nature and the community. Therefore, let us make every day Earth Day.”

Part of the Banyan Group, a renowned international hospitality company committed to a greater purpose, Angsana Velavaru holds an EarthCheck Gold certification for eight years, showcasing its dedication to sustainable practices. Boasting 79 secluded beachfront villas and a collection of 34 InOcean Villas, the resort offers a vibrant and immersive experience amidst the azure waters.

Angsana Velavaru exemplifies its commitment to sustainability through various best practices, including the elimination of single-use plastic bottles, solar panel installation, food compost machine implementation, rainwater harvesting, and the SustainLinen initiative.

For more information about Angsana Velavaru and its sustainability initiatives, visit Angsana Velavaru. Join Angsana Velavaru in its journey towards a more sustainable and harmonious future.

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