Premier beach resort brand Outrigger is moving into a new chapter by adopting a leading sustainability certification process, anticipating its properties in Mauritius, Fiji and Hawaii being Green Seal certified before 2023.
The 100 percent Green Seal marker will further consolidate Outrigger's commitment to achieving the highest standards of protecting the health and environment.
Green Seal is an international non-profit environmental standard development and certification organisation. For over 30 years, it has helped the industry implement safer, more sustainable products and services. Its certification is based on a robust, independent assessment of hotel features, operations and processes.
To become Green Seal certified, Outrigger's hotels and resorts must prove that they:
- Protect the environment and human health by using toxic-free housekeeping products with low volatile organic compounds content.
- Have an environmental mission and purchasing policy.
- Conserve water via water-efficient landscaping, ground-keeping efforts, and water-saving fixtures throughout the property.
- Preserve energy with 100 percent energy-efficient lighting in all spaces.
- Minimise waste by reducing the use of disposable food service items and adopting reusable, sustainable alternatives.
"As the Outrigger brand continues to grow and evolve, we are acutely conscious of the opportunity to impact our planet positively," said Jeff Wagoner, President and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group.
"Green Seal is the gold standard of global health and environmental leadership. Outrigger is proud to implement science-based standards at our hotels and resorts, which raise the bar on sustainability."
According to a report by Booking.com, 83 percent of global travellers believe sustainable travel is essential. Once Outrigger earns the Green Seal Certification, it will appear as "Eco-Certified" in Google search results, making it more effortless for consumers to find and book a sustainable stay with Outrigger.
The Green Seal certification mirrors Outrigger's broader environment, social and governance plan, and global conservation initiative, OZONE, which aims to protect oceans and coral reefs.
Currently, Outrigger has preserved, protected, and planted over 100 football fields of coral reef fronting in its resorts globally.