Monday, March 12, 2012

Drink a beer, save a shark

What’s Hot Magazine
March 12, 2012

The Cayman Islands Brewery has a long history with involvement in green initiatives in the Cayman Islands. From the outset the company aimed to adhere to best practices when it came to limiting its impact on the environment, from limiting pollution to promoting recycling.

It recycles Caybrew bottles, which are washed and sterilised before being reused, limiting the number of bottles that end up going to the dump. It also collects aluminium cans for recycling, while the spent grains from the brewing process is used by local farmers to supplement the diet of their livestock.

One of the more recent initiatives was the involvement of the brewery’s latest brand, White Tip Lager, with conservation efforts in the Cayman Islands. Although the packaging of the beer depicts the shark species for which it is named, all species of shark stand to benefit from the sale of the beer, as a percentage of each sales goes towards the Department of Environment’s shark conservation programme.  Read the whole story here.

Earth Day poster contest scheduled

Caymanian Compass
March 6, 2012

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands is urging students to get their entries in for the annual Earth Day poster competition.
The competition asks students to design a poster reflecting environmental issues that are important to them, in keeping with the 2012 Earth Day theme “Every Day is Earth Day.”

Entries are invited from students in primary school, middle school and high school age categories and prizes will be awarded to the top design in each category, as well as to the overall winning design. The winning design will be used to promote Earth Day 2012 activities taking place throughout April.

“Any art materials and media can be used including paint, textiles and collage materials, photography and computer graphics,” said Christina McTaggart, general manager of the Trust.  Read the whole story here.

DoT partners with eco-tourism site

Caymanian Compass
February 28, 2012

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism in Europe has partnered with leading eco-tourism portal to give the islands’ accommodation and nature based attractions the opportunity to showcase its products to environmentally-aware travellers from the UK – at no or minimal cost to operators.

The site was started up more than 10 years ago by The Body Shop’s Justin Francis and founder Anita Roddick and is now the world’s leading provider of ‘green’ holidays, with 350,000 visitors a month and an active database of 150,000. The site also provides its members with valuable marketing support and ultimately will be directing site visitors to make enquiries and bookings direct to operation owners in Cayman.  

An online Insiders’ Guide has been developed for the site, written by leading dive and travel writer Tim Ecott, a regular visitor to the islands, revealing Cayman’s wealth of accommodation, nature-based tours and attractions. Read the whole story here.