Too Good to Waste
Dusit Thani Maldives recently introduced a state-of-the-art composting machine on the island, contributing to the environmental protection of Mudhdhoo Island and taking a step towards sustainable farming. Built by Compostech and certified by the Green Building Index, the new composting machine is the first of its kind for a resort in the Maldives as it is constructed purely of stainless steel.
The machine is loaded every morning with food waste and is left to run for 24 hours to break down the contents into compost, resulting in an 85% reduction of waste. The direct compost produced is extremely clean and is currently mixed with the island’s existing sandy soil to create fertiliser, which helps nourish some of the island’s vegetation, as well as the variety of herbs in the chef’s garden. As more compost is produced on a daily basis, it will be used to plant fruit and vegetable seeds as part of the resort’s plans towards sustainable farming on the island.
A Protected Hatch
Sea turtles remain under threat in the world’s oceans and are officially listed as threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Five of the seven species of sea turtles can be found in the Maldives, with the two most common being the Hawksbill turtle and the Green Turtle often sighted living on the reef.
Dusit Thani Maldives is fully committed to the care and protection of these species and has raised awareness among the hotel guests on the importance of turtle conservation. On 05 March 2018, new life was born on the shores of Dusit Thani Maldives with the hatching of 30 baby Green Turtles. The hatchlings were kept overnight in a protected environment and then released from the beach on the evening of 06 March 2018 to make their way across the sand to the water’s edge and their first dip into the ocean.
When You Wish Upon A Tree
Wishing trees are the combination of the spiritual and natural worlds and at Dusit Thani Maldives, guests can now make their own wish and hang it on the special Wishing Banyan Tree. As part of one of the resort’s initiatives, guests are invited to add wishes to the tree by giving a small donation of USD$5, which goes towards the continuous efforts of supporting local communities and contributing to the environmental protection of the island. Guests will receive a handmade wish tag, made using recycled paper materials and floral pieces from the island. They can write their own wishes on the tag and then tie them onto the Banyan Tree, waiting to see what the future holds.