Zero Waste Christmas 2014 – Reduce, Reuse and Rejoice!

Another year, another Christmas, another zero-waste celebration at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu! Read on to see what Jade-Alexandra Trottier, our Marine Biology intern, had to say about this year’s celebration!

“’Tis the season to be jolly and environmentally friendly”

At Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, in accordance with our environmental commitment initiatives, we are delighted to be celebrating our third ZERO WASTE CHRISTMAS!

Eka, our wonderful Spa Manager at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu proudly showcasing the zero-waste Christmas tree at Coco Spa

Eka, our wonderful Spa Manager at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu proudly showcasing the zero-waste Christmas tree at Coco Spa

Christmas is a time of plenty: plenty of food, plenty of decorations, plenty of presents, and unfortunately, plenty of waste. Throughout the season’s festivities, we often confuse creating an abundance of warmth and joy with purchasing an abundance of material goods. The bad news is that most of the waste we produce on land eventually ends up in the ocean. At Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, we always invite our guests and associates to celebrate a zero-waste Christmas.

Front Office team decorating the Christmas tree at reception

Front Office team decorating the Christmas tree at reception

It takes a bit of creativity and effort to come up with these festive decorations but the elaborate array of crafty and sustainable holiday decorations displayed throughout Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu prove that it is possible to have a zero-waste Christmas without being a Grinch! And let’s face it; nobody likes the Grinch ;)

Our environmentally friendly Christmas decorations are made from recyclable and biodegradable materials such as wood, sand, coconut ropes, glass bottles, leaves, wine caps, recycled paper and cotton.

An empty soft drink can and a single wooden ball could easily become a Christmas angel!

And some tree branches can create beautiful Christmas ornaments.

Christmas trees made out of wood

Christmas trees made out of wood

These are our ocean and tropical themed decorations made using cardboard.

Cardboard tropical decorations

Cardboard tropical decorations

Look at these tree ornaments made from recycled wood from the carpentry.

Ornaments made from recycled wood

Ornaments made from recycled wood

Our guests particularly admired the snowflakes made from cardboard and sand.

Snowflakes made from cardboard and sand

Snowflakes made from cardboard and sand

We even made some traditional Maldivian ornaments from palm leaves. Trust me, you need a Maldivian around to be able to do this! :)

Our Christmas wreaths were made out of sand and recycled wood from the carpentry.

Christmas wreaths were made out of sand and recycled wood

Christmas wreaths were made out of sand and recycled wood

Christmas wreaths were made out of sand and recycled wood

Christmas wreaths were made out of sand and recycled wood

We are extremely grateful for all the support and the valuable contribution from our team members that have worked hard behind the scenes to create the magical atmosphere of the holidays that we all continue to experience at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu. I hope that this blog post gives you some inspiration for next year so that you can get into the zero-waste spirit as well. Have a look around your house and backyard; I’m sure you’ll find something! J

Feel free to share some of your decorations with us on Instagram by tagging @coco_resorts and have a great New Year ahead!

Happy Holidays!

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