Guardians of the S.E.A.A. spearheads Resorts World Sentosa’s “No Straws – Save Marine Life” campaign

As the conservation group of S.E.A. Aquarium, Guardians of the S.E.A.A. supports conservation research, education and public engagement efforts by building a community to protect the marine environment.

One of our latest and biggest initiatives to date is the “No Straws – Save Marine Life” campaign aimed at reducing single-use plastic straw usage within Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

RWS goes strawless, reduces straw usage by 3 million per year

As of 1 October 2018, RWS has stopped providing plastic straws at its five themed attractions (including Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A. Aquarium), as well as dining establishments such as celebrity chef restaurants and Malaysian Food Street.

A signboard outside Malaysian Food Street indicating the strawless initiative.

This move to go strawless across RWS will eliminate more than three million straws a year (approximately 1.2 tonnes), helping to reduce marine plastic pollution.

Single-use plastic straws have been widely reported to end up in the oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life. These plastic disposables do not biodegrade and are known to be notoriously difficult to recycle. They break down over time into smaller pieces called ‘micro-plastics’ which harm animals and humans alike.

Beach cleanup 2017
Plastic straws are one of the most commonly picked up trash at beach cleanups.

Paper straws, which are more biodegradable and environmentally friendly than plastic straws, are available to guests upon request, and for guests with disabilities or special needs who require straws as an accessible way to consume drinks.

Promoting sustainability from within

Recognising that sustainability starts with employees, Guardians of the S.E.A.A. has embarked on a series of engagement sessions to reach out to 13,000 team members across RWS to raise awareness of plastic pollution and garner their support in this resort-wide green operation.

Guardians of the S.E.A.A. at a team member outreach event.
Team members learnt about how long different types of materials take to degrade in the ocean.

S.E.A. Aquarium reduced plastic usage since early 2018

At S.E.A. Aquarium, the plastic reduction initiative took off in early 2018 thanks to the efforts of Guardians of the S.E.A.A.. These include:

All plastic bottled beverages replaced with those packed in recyclable cans and carton boxed water.
Reusable cups are given instead of single-use plastic cups whenever guests purchase a drink in the aquarium.
In place of plastic bags, our retail outlet stocks these reusable tote bags. Retailing at just S$5 each. Guests who spend over S$40 at the retail outlet will get this tote bag for free.

Click to read about the 6 ways Guardians of the S.E.A.A. reduced plastic usage in S.E.A. Aquarium.

Guardians of the S.E.A.A. to enhance public education on plastic pollution

Outside of the aquarium, Guardians of the S.E.A.A. also actively promotes public education on plastic pollution. We work with partners and organisations such as James Cook University, Singapore and Zero Waste SG on campaigns and talks to engage the public.

Through our collaboration with Zero Waste SG, the nationwide BYO Schools Programme saved more than 32,600 plastic disposables. The programme involved 20 schools and engaged its students on plastic disposables and marine litter through assembly talks and interactive booths, and encouraged them to bring their own reusables and reduce the use of plastic disposables via a reward system.

An assembly talk at Nan Hua Primary School as part of the BYO Schools Programme.
Our booth at Anderson Secondary School where we showed students eco-friendly alternatives to disposable plastic straws.

If you wish to make a positive impact for the ocean, join Guardians of the S.E.A.A.. Members will get to enjoy behind-the-scenes experiences with aquarists to learn more about marine life, exclusive invitations to after-hour events at the aquarium, movie screenings and more. Click here for details.

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