Along with our dedication to providing perfect honeymoons and adults-only vacations, and beyond the powdery white sands and turquoise seas lies a commitment to sustainability that has earned us the title of the "World’s Most Sustainable Hotel or Resort" by Green Globe. In this blog, we invite you to take a peek behind the scenes and explore why a resort focused on romance and relaxation is equally dedicated to preserving our natural habitat for future generations.
Exploring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
At the heart of our commitment is the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a universal roadmap addressing climate change, cultural preservation, and social-economic stability. Bucuti & Tara aligns with these goals, and our sustainability program has been recognized as "highly replicable and scalable" by the UN.
Taking Action for a Sustainable Stay:
Our dedication to SDGs is woven into the fabric of the Bucuti & Tara experience. As the Caribbean’s first and only certified carbon-neutral hotel, we represent SDG 13: Climate Action. Guests enjoy a stay that leaves behind only sandy footprints, not a carbon footprint.
In our award-winning dining experience, we incorporate SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. Our kitchen draws power from rooftop solar panels, heats water with solar-powered heaters, and uses induction stovetops that transfer almost 90% of generated heat to the pan. Teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund, we've reduced food waste by 30%, contributing to SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
We address SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation by gifting each guest a reusable canteen. Having banned single-use plastic and Styrofoam 20 years ago, this initiative saves 290,000 single-use plastic bottles annually. Guests continue using their Bucuti canteens long after their vacation. Another initiative is that every drop of grey water from laundry and showers are collected, sanitized and repurposed for irrigation of our native plants and special grass called Pas Palum.
In 2022, to celebrate our 35th anniversary, we gifted Aruba with The Bucuti & Tara - GMC Nature Preserve, aligning with SDG 15:
Life on Land. This 30-acre preserve protects scarce, undeveloped land and serves as a carbon sink, supporting SDG 13: Climate Action.
Honoring SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. We prioritize our staff's well-being both professionally and personally. The resort is a healthy, safe workplace. There are professional development opportunities, wellbeing offerings including healthy food options in the breakroom and fitness subsidies, and access to sustainable living options through green loans. During the pandemic, Bucuti Associates received continuous care and skill-building opportunities.
Leading the Way: Our Owner/CEO, Ewald Biemans, is a prominent speaker on the global stage, sharing our sustainability successes. Weekly sustainability tours are available to guests, providing insight into our initiatives and often attracting students, foreign dignitaries, and researchers.
A Conscious Choice for Guests: Choosing Bucuti & Tara for your vacation is a conscious decision with positive impacts on the environment, the island community, and culture. Join us in creating a deeply fulfilling vacation experience that leaves a lasting legacy for generations to come.