In a remarkable celebration of 'World Sustainability Day' on October 26th, JA Manafaru, nestled in the Maldives, went above and beyond to engage guests and staff in eco-friendly initiatives, showcasing their commitment to environmental stewardship.
The day commenced with a short boat ride to the enchanting uninhabited island of Medhafushi, a sought-after castaway destination. Here, guests and staff collaborated to collect flotsam and jetsam for JA Manafaru's 'Ocean Bound Plastic' program, turning waste materials into bags and other items for guests.
Adding an artistic flair to sustainability, the island team organized an 'Upcycling Competition.' Various departments crafted sculptures and fascinating creations from materials that would otherwise contribute to landfills. Winning designs from departments like Landscaping, Front Office, and Kitchen demonstrated innovation and commitment to repurposing.
After the competition, guests were invited on an educational Walking Tour, shedding light on JA Manafaru's sustainability initiatives. The Homegrown program, featuring usable gardens, plays a pivotal role in reducing packaging waste, air miles, and offering nutritious produce to guests. From salad leaves to bananas, oyster mushrooms, and herbs, the resort's gardens contribute to a sustainable dining experience. Visitors also had the opportunity to visit the Cluckingham Palace, home to the Maldives' happiest hens providing fresh eggs for breakfast.
The day culminated in a unique 'Zero Waste Menu' curated by Executive Chef Moosa Nazeeh and his award-winning culinary team. Dishes like broccoli & cauliflower stem crudo, Hainan chicken rice with crispy chicken skin, and vegetable peel lasagna showcased the creativity of the culinary team. The menu, featuring ingredients like dehydrated tomato skins and juice pulp, aligned with JA Manafaru's commitment to sustainable practices.
This innovative menu is a highlight of the recent Wellness Your Way launch, coinciding with World Food Day. The launch introduced WYW menus across the resort's five restaurants, offering dedicated dishes for various eating lifestyles, including vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and low carb options.
Sustainability Advisor, Victoria Kruse, emphasized the team's dedication, stating, "In the Maldives, our daily actions have an immediate effect on our natural environment. The whole team at JA Manafaru is committed to reducing the island’s carbon footprint and educating our guests on being mindful, taking small steps to protect our planet." JA Manafaru's celebration of World Sustainability Day stands as a testament to their holistic approach to sustainable living and environmental consciousness.