Cutting Down Food Waste at Gili Lankanfushi

PUBLISHED February 28, 2018

Gili Lankanfushi has begun an incentive called No Bin Day to reduce the amount of food waste created in the resorts staff canteen.

The resort's decision to begin this weekly event came from a host who wanted to tackle the problem of food waste head on. Although Gili Lankanfushi composts the majority of its food waste using the Rocket Composter located in the resort's Eco Centre, sometimes the composter is at full capacity and the resort is left with excess food waste. 

Instead of accepting this, the resort wanted to find a way to reduce it's total food waste once and for all.  As the staffs of Gili Lankanfushi are environmentally minded the resort decided to start with them by taking away all bins in the canteen once a week. Gili Lankanfushi's first No Bin Day was a success as the resort was able to reduce its overall waste by 80 kilograms. 

"We want our hosts and guests to think twice about wasting their perishable goods.Looking back on previous years, it is already clear to see that our chefs use impeccable food planning to reduce waste." Reads a statement by the resort.

"It is our long term goal to compost 100% of our food waste. We want our hosts and guests to think twice about wasting their perishable goods."

By creating good practices and instilling the habit of not wasting food the resort hopes to spread this kind of sustainable behaviour beyond the resort and into local communities. In the future, the resort plans to cook food items that do not create as much waste.

Located in the North Malé Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi opened in 2000 as the original over-water resort, Soneva Gili. In 2012, the island was acquired by HPL (Hotel Properties Limited), a Singapore-based company investing in hotels, lifestyle and properties around the world. 

Voted number one hotel in the world by TripAdvisor in 2015, Gili Lankanfushi is an easy 20-minute speedboat transfer from Malé international airport. Set in the middle of its own lagoon, guests enjoy a barefoot existence with 360-degree views of the Indian Ocean. Gili Lankanfushis 45 overwater villas, including the vast and secluded Private Reserve, offer unrivalled privacy.


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