Employees at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort have embarked on a continuous initiative over a month to perform beach clean-ups at multiple locations around Redang Island.
REDANG ISLAND, TERENGGANU : As part of The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort’s efforts to keep Redang Island a clean and safe environment, its employees are now on daily missions to collect washed up rubbish including tons of plastic from the shorelines and surrounding areas of Redang Island.
The ocean is another world beneath the waves and coral reefs have been the source for nourishing food, needful medicines, sustainable economy and beautiful vacation sites. They also contribute towards protecting life on land against tsunamis and tropical storms. It is the foundation of cultures, a seemingly infinite source of inspiration, an invaluable library of life’s mysteries and a rich source of resilience against environmental changes. Hence, it is the responsibility of every individual to keep our beaches and islands clean and trash-free.
Led by the resort Area General Manager, Mr. Pravir Mishra, clean-up locations included The Taaras beach, Teluk Kerma, Teluk Sauh, Pulau Lima, Mat Simpang, Tanjung Lang, Pasir Akar, Batu Tok Kong, Tanjong Leboh, Teluk Mat Deloh, Tanjung Gua Kawah, Batu Berole, Batu Chak, Air Jemuruh, Teluk Siam and Teluk Tigi. From 15 clean-up initiatives, a total of 1,324 trash bags with an estimated weight of 39,720kg have been collected and sorted for recycling and disposal at the mainland of Kuala Terengganu. In the history of beach clean-up initiatives carried out by the resort, this by far has been the most amount of trash collected.
Among the trash that were tirelessly collected by resort employees included a huge amount of plastic waste, polystyrene and fishing nets discarded by fishermen at sea, ropes and containers, a result of intentional littering and dumping into the ocean. Some trash is also littered on land, which gets washed away by rain into streams, rivers and eventually the ocean. The currents and waves then carry the debris and wash them onto land.
It is crucial to ensure that washed up trash is cleared from the beach to prevent it from going back to sea which could affect the growth of the corals and endanger the marine life that is living in the waters of Redang Island especially. It is through this objective that the resort has and holds dearly to its hearts, be a way of giving back to Mother Nature and ensure the sustainability of Redang Island.
Mr. Pravir Mishra said, “The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort is very concerned and supportive when it comes to conservation and sustainability. It is very crucial that we continuously protect and preserve our marine environment for our future generations to come, together with our beautiful beaches on Redang Island. To protect the local marine life is to ensure that visitors from all over the world can continue to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Malaysia for generations to come.”
The Taaras Beach and Spa Resort, managed by Berjaya Hotels & Resorts, is the only 5-star luxury resort in Redang Island with a private beach and continuously aims to contribute towards preserving the beaches and marine life on the island. Among the other sustainability and conservation efforts carried out by the resort include the establishment of SEATRU Turtle Lab which provides conservation and education on the plight of the sea turtle, retrieving and recycling ghost nets into beach cabana roofing, replacing plastic straw with paper straw and replacing plastic drinking water bottles with reusable glass bottles for refills from the alkaline water filters made available.