EAGLE BEACH, Aruba – October 8, 2013 – Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts has successfully met the requirements to achieve Green Globe Certification, passing the rigorous audit process for the 14th year in a row.
The Green Globe Standard is a structured assessment of the sustainability performance of travel and tourism businesses and their supply chain partners. Businesses can monitor improvements and document achievements leading to certification of their enterprises’ sustainable operation and management. The extensive certification process evaluates businesses based on criteria and indicators that include sustainable management, social economic, cultural heritage and environment factors.
“To know that our sustainability efforts have been in line with the Green Globe Sustainability Standard for 14 years in a row is a true honor,” said Bucuti’s owner Ewald Biemans. “This Green Globe certification motivates us to continue to find innovative ways of meeting and exceeding the criteria and indicators they’ve set forth. A high-quality guest experience and eco-friendly practices can co-exist and that is what our resort illustrates so beautifully. We are passionate about protecting and preserving Aruba’s resources and look forward to implementing and developing initiatives that allow us to do so for years to come.”
As a pioneer in the green movement in hospitality for the past 25 years, Bucuti has set the benchmark in sustainable tourism including being one of the first resorts in the Caribbean to be officially Green Globe certified and the first in the Americas and the Caribbean to be certified ISO 14001. The resort staff and guests strive to effectively reduce their environmental impact, through a number of environmental initiatives including:
- The installation of solar panels used to heat water for guest rooms and the laundry
- Utilizing recycled paper only and limiting the use of paper wherever possible including electronically disseminating marketing messages and guest information
- Utilizing recycled construction materials, natural organic materials, farmed woods and in some cases recycled wood and plastics
- Extensive use of insulation, glazing, reflective coating and double pane windows to reduce cooling needs
- Installation of LED and CFL lighting and automatic light switches in all low-traffic areas
- Eco-rooms and suites equipped with automatic air conditioner sensors, dehumidifiers, HEPA air purifiers and in some cases ozone generators to help eliminate allergens, mold and mildew.
- Sourcing local suppliers and products such as locally grown foods and art made on Aruba in order to reduce carbon footprint.
- Monthly beach clean ups with guests and employees in addition to sponsoring island-wide coastal and reef cleanups
- Using biodegradable containers for beverages and food
- Gifting each guest with a refillable water canteen to discourage the purchase of bottled water (plastic)
- Serving as a field trip destination and example as a way of providing environmental education for associates, schools and the local university
- Installation of water reducers and the recycling of shower, sink and laundry water used for irrigation
- Exclusively utilizing organic cleaning materials to practice green cleaning
For more information about Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, please visit: www.bucuti.com.
About Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts is Aruba’s premier boutique resort for couples. The award winning, owner managed resort caters to adults only having earned a number of awards and honors. In 2013 the resort was named one of the top 25 hotels in the Caribbean and one of the most romantic hotels in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor, in addition to appearing on Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Gold List, recognizing the world’s best places to stay.
Located on the white-powder sands of Eagle Beach, designated as one of the “Dream Beaches of the World,” Bucuti offers 104 guestrooms, suites and penthouse suites; a freshwater infinity pool; and the Intermezzo Spa, among other amenities. Bucuti is also recognized as a Five Star Diamond Resort by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.
The resort, which is certified Green Globe 21, ISO 14001-2008 and ISO 9001, is a leader in sustainable tourism throughout the world and has been recognized by notable organizations such as the Caribbean Hotel Association, American Express and the International Hotel and Restaurant Association for its environmentally responsible hotel operations. Bucuti is actively involved in a variety of environmental initiatives on the island including monthly resort-sponsored beach clean-ups, the Turtugaruba sea turtle protection group and Donkey Sanctuary Aruba. The resort is also TAG Approved® as a gay friendly hotel. For more information, visit www.bucuti.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Bucuti.