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If you want the answers to the many sustainability challenges facing tourism, you might look to Soneva. Bottled water has been banned since 2008. Instead high quality filtered mineral water is produced and sold on site. All Soneva’s food waste is composted and reused to create soil in which it grows organic food to serve to their guests – 15,000kg of produce per year, worth $48,000. And in 2008 Soneva introduced a climate levy of 2% on room revenue, which has so far raised over US$5.5m to spend on carbon mitigation projects. Over the next 7 years these will save far more than Soneva’s total carbon footprint.

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