Sunday 29 March, 2020

Over 1,000 pounds of seaweed, garbage collected at beach clean-up

Members of the joint clean-up effort.

Members of the joint clean-up effort.

As part of the activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Island Routes Caribbean Adventures, team members from Sandals Barbados participated in a beach clean-up at Silver Sands beach, Christ Church last weekend.

The Island Routes team was supported by volunteers from Sandals Foundation, the resort’s Environmental Health and Safety team, as wells as students, teachers and parents from the Christ Church Girls and Milton Lynch Primary Schools.

General Manager of Sandals Barbados, Ramel Sobrino, explained that the beach clean-up is an example of the Island Routes’ commitment to excellence, not just here in Barbados but also throughout the Caribbean, adding that similar activities were held in Jamaica, St Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Turks & Caicos, and The Bahamas.

He said, “At Sandals, we are passionate about ensuring that both guests and community members have a truly memorable experience, no matter the interaction. From exposing guests to the highest quality in local excursions and attractions through the services provided by Island Routes, to community-minded initiatives that focus on sustainability and development.”

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Sobrino also noted, “Over 1000 pounds of seaweed and garbage were collected during the activity, which is just one of the many community related projects which are often conceptualized by team members.”

The beach clean-up also fell on World Oceans Day and Mark Hill of the Design Council was on hand to teach the students more sustainable ways to collect Sargassum seaweed. During his presentation he noted that the Council promotes the use of more reusable supplies such as onion bags as a tool for the collection of organic materials.

“The students were shown how to use the onion bags which allows the Sargassum seaweed to dry while on the beach. If the seaweed contains a lot of sand, the onion bags also allows for it to be washed out. The seaweed is then collected and brought to the School of Design and Biotechnology, a local NGO, where it is used to make different value added products including soil amendments, fertilizers and bio stimulants,” Hill said.

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