A resort nestled in the South Ari Atoll, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, has embarked on an eco-journey though working with leading environmental organisation and collaboration network, Parley For The Oceans and ephemeral artist, John K. Melvin to ignite an appreciation for the oceans and surrounding environment.
To celebrate the progressive movement towards fostering sustainable hospitality, the resort unveiled a large-scale installation by the acclaimed artist John K. Melvin. Encouraging participation from both the Maldives community and global travellers alike, the resort continues to further its commitment to preserving the beauty of the Maldives, for generations to come.
Starting late summer 2019, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will work with Parley For The Oceans to take an active role in becoming part of the solution to the challenges that face the world’s oceans. Following the principles of the Parley AIR Hospitality Programme (avoid, intercept, redesign), the resort will help to drive change by offering its guests a Parley kit available in each guest villa.
Each Parley kit contains a reusable stainless steel 0.7 litre Conrad and Parley co-branded water bottle and a Parley ocean plastic tote bag. Each bag is made of an average of five intercepted plastic bottles and its purchase contributes 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 likeminded brands and the development of unique and educational experiences on and off property, we encourage our guests to become part of the solution as they reinforce a positive impact while travelling as well as in their daily life at home.”
Building on their mission to inspire guests’ connection to the country, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is using art as a catalyst for conversation and creativity to incentivise change and address the need for implementing sustainable practices. The resort commissioned John K. Melvin to construct an installation that speaks to the human relationship with the environment and more specifically, the topic of plastic pollution.
EvoGyre which recently debuted at Rangali Bar 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 hangs from the ceiling and serves as an educational and interactive touchpoint for guests who find themselves enamoured 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.
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