Conrad Maldives Rangali and activates new Eco-initiatives paving the way for greener future

PUBLISHED October 14, 2019

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island the pioneering resort nestled in the South Ari Atoll embarks on an Eco-journey though working with leading environmental organization and collaboration network, Parley For the Ocean and ephemeral artist, John K. Melvin to ignite appreciation for the oceans and surroundings environment. To celebrate the progressive movement towards fostering sustainable hospitality, the resort unveiled a large-scale installation by acclaimed artist John K.Melvin. Encouraging participation from both the Maldives community and global travelers alike, the resort continues to further its commitment to reserving the beauty of the Maldives, for generations to come. 

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is working with Parley For The Oceans to take an active role in becoming part of the solution to the challenges that face the worlds oceans. Following the principles of the Parley AIR Hospitality Program ( Intercept, Redesign) the resort is helping to drive change by offering its guests a Parley Kit available in every guest villa. Each Parley Kit contains a reusable stainless steel 0.7L Conrad x Parley co branded water bottle and a Parley Ocean Plastic® Tote Bag. The tote bag is made of an average of 5 intercepted plastic bottles and its purchase con tributes to the removal of 10 pounds of marine plastic waste via the Parley Global Clean Up Network. This way, Conrad guests are encouraged to play an active role in reducing the use of harmful materials.

"With a mindful approach to travel, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island continues to inspire change," said Stefano Ruzza, General Manager of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. "Through creative collaborations with like minded brands and the development of unique an d educational experiences on and off property, we encourage our guests to become part of the solution as they reinforce a positive impact while traveling as well as in their daily life at home." 

Building on their mission to inspire guests connection to t he Maldives, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is using art as a catalyst for conversation and creativity to incentive s e change and address the need for implementing sustainable practices. The resort commissioned renowned ephemeral Eco-artist John K. Melvin t o construct an installation that speaks to the human relationship with the environment and more specifically, the topic of plastic pollution. EvoGyre debuted at Rangali Bar last summer and is assembled using nearly 5,500 locally sourced single use plastic bottles held together by coir rope, steel cable and illuminated by LED lighting.

The life size structure, measuring five met res x five meters x seven meters hangs from the ceiling and serves as an educational and interactive touch point for guests who find themselves enamored by the piece. Resembling a jellyfish, a species known for being an indicator of climate change, EvoGyre makes a direct connection between the surrounding marine environment of the Maldives and the impact of plastic. Inspired by THE MURAKA and the surrounding Maldivian community, EvoGyre serves as a visual reminder of the humankind responsibility to protect the oceans.

Committed to the Parley AIR strategy to end plastic pollution the resort has also pledged to eliminate the use of plastic on property. By January 2020, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will officially replace all single use plastic bottles with either glass or a reusable material. This investment in the future of the environment is complemented by the resorts new guest programming, which includes Eco activities ranging from beach clean ups on neighboring islands to a coral reef regeneration initiative with the resorts own marine biologists.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is aligned with Hiltons global corporate responsibility strategy "Travel with Purpose," which is dedicated to developing shared value for communities where the hotels and resorts are located. Conrad Maldives supports Hiltons commitment and Travel with Purpose strategy to cut its environmental footprint in half and double its social impact investment by 2030, a strategy that support ts the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.Through a robust corporate responsibility program that encompasses sustainability and community investment initiatives, Conrad Maldives strives to make an enduring and positive impact on the lives of the people living in these communities.

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