Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is launching on an even greener foundation with a host of new sustainability initiatives that build upon a broad platform of existing energy- and carbon-saving practices, staying strong to its Sustainable Luxury ethos.

The resort, which went 100% plastic straw–free in 2018, will completely phase out plastic water bottles by April 2021, replacing them with biodegradable bottles. The sustainable material is made from corn, where lactic acid is extracted and converted into 100% plant resin and biodegrades in 80 days. Recycled in bio-degradable bins, it either goes to composting or is reused to make new plant resin bottles.

Renewable energy has also been implemented across the property, with solar panels harnessing the power of the desert sun to create hot water for all guest rooms and villas, and in the resort’s laundry. 

Making strides towards zero waste, the kitchens at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara now make their own compost for an onsite vegetable greenhouse and herb garden, which in turn supply organic produce for signature items on the menu. Grey water is used to irrigate the resort gardens, while cardboard, oil, paper, and even bars of soap are all recycled.

Guests are encouraged to help protect the environment and minimise waste and consumption through various onsite programs for smart water and power usage. To further encourage responsible travel, visitors arriving in electric cars will find complimentary car charging at the resort.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara’s sustainability practices have earned the resort Gold status in the Green Growth Awards, which cover a wide range of CSR goals from Environmental Stewardship to Health and Safety and Human Rights. In 2013 the resort was awarded Green Globe Certification for its energy-saving and environmentally sensitive architecture, as well as its efforts in waste management and water consumption.

Source: Anantara



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