We attended the meeting of the Pacific Asia Travel Association's Sustainability and Social Responsibility Council (PATA SSRC) in Langkawi, Malaysia.
And had the opportunity to learn from the Frangipani Resort's sustainability practices, which include the use of the Neem Tree as a pesticide, the use of a constructed wetland to process its wastewater, the use of saltwater in its pools, and allowing beach grasses to grow to protect the shore from erosion.
They also use solar panels to generate electricity, shade airconditioning units from the sun, store rainwater, and positioning trees to shade the guest villas.
These are some of the easily implementable sustainability strategies that many resorts can adopt - the Frangipani boasts, however, that they have adopted over 300 specific measures to become more sustainable.
Environmental sustainability can be achieved, and it can also be financially sustainable.