Royal Davui Fiji becomes plastic free island
Royal Davui Island Resort, a barefoot luxury private island resort in Fiji, has announced its sustainability plans to move toward being one of the most environmentally friendly resorts in the region by eradicating all plastics. As of July 1, 2018, Royal Davui will begin to eliminate all single serving plastic items such as drinking straws, water bottles and plastic food containers. Royal Davui is the first Fijian island resort to take this positive step.
“Our commitment to our community and environment does not simply stop at protecting the island. It requires continual looking at our own operations searching for ways to improve waste reduction,” said Christopher Southwick, owner of the 16-villa property. “As a private island surrounded by coral gardens and marine life, our environment is crucial to us. We were surprised to realise we use in excess of 10,000 straws annually, 2,500 food containers and another 15,000 water bottles – that is a lot of plastic. Eliminating all of these items moves us closer to becoming a plastic free island.”
Paper straws will be available for guests in place of plastic. Plastic bottles will be replaced by reusable glass bottles, which will be filled via a state-of-the-art filtration system and delivered to guest villas daily.
Royal Davui established a commitment to “responsible luxury” 14 years ago at its inception. During construction, all old growth trees were left in place, and the villas were built around them. Royal Davui was one of the first Fijian resorts to install a full tertiary water treatment plant meaning all wastewater is cleaned and reused with no impact on the surrounding environment. The surrounding reef was declared “TABU” or sacred in the local Fijian dialect, thereby, protecting the reef and marine life within a one-kilometre radius of the island.
In 2009, the resort owners built a more ecofriendly water supply by constructing a catchment on the top of neighbouring Beqa Island and running a five kilometre pipe anchored to the lagoon bed to feed the island’s storage tanks. This eliminated the need for a desalination plant and its negative environmental impacts. Not only does the water line provide pristine water to the island, it supplies clean water to the local village and school.
Other initiatives taken to improve the resort’s carbon footprint include discontinuing miniature daily toiletry bottles and replacing them with larger bottles that can go home with guests. Environmental reef protection engineering was employed during construction of the jetty, thus, avoiding pile driving. And using a minimum 80% locally grown produce aids domestic suppliers, reduces preservation packaging and limits waste.
About Royal Davui Island Resort
Royal Davui Island Resort is an adult-only private island retreat off the southern coast of Viti Levu island. Royal Davui Island Resort offers the ultimate island getaway ideal for those seeking romance, rest and total relaxation. This high-end eco resort is dedicated to emphasising and preserving the stunning simplicity and beauty of its natural habitat – atop a living barrier reef, nestled in lush foliage, surrounded by coral gardens, sapphire blue seas, white sand beaches and towering palms.
Pathways allow guests to traverse the lush island, wending around the 10-acre property, offering 16 spacious private villas each with their own private plunge pools, a 60-foot main pool, alfresco bar and restaurant, small boutique, library sitting room, Pure Fiji spa, PADI 5 star marine facility and an open-air, multi-level main lodge, which serves as the island’s heart. Royal Davui is a preferred resort partner of Virtuoso.
For more information, visit royaldavuifiji.com or contact Christopher Southwick at Christopher@royaldavuifiji.com.