MIAMI—As part of Club Med’s continuing commitment to a sustainable approach to tourism, the company is working on new uniforms for staff completely made out of recycled plastic material. The special collection will consist of polos, dresses and caps to serve a variety of roles. This process not only uses approximately 40 percent less energy consumption when compared to regular polyester production, but in order to create Club Med’s new uniforms, the equivalent of more than 200,000 plastic bottles have already been recycled in the process.
Club Med’s G.Os (the term used for employees, short for Gracious Organizers) will debut the new collection for the upcoming 2020 season. The special uniform collection is specifically designed for Club Med’s G.Os in various departments and roles, including the following teams: reception, guest relations, meetings and events, accounting, office administration, nurses, management (including the Chief of Village/General Manager), bar, sports, entertainment, Mini Club (children’s and teen’s clubs), excursions, housekeeping, maintenance and landscaping, and spa and wellness.
Additionally, clothing made out of recycled plastic will also be available at select Club Med boutiques for guests to purchase.
The project is being deployed across all nine of Club Med’s North American/Caribbean resorts by next year. These resorts include: the soon-to-open Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda and Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Club Med Cancun Yucatan and Club Med Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico, Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida, Club Med Turkoise in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Club Med Columbus Isle in the Bahamas, Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek in Martinique (French West Indies), and Club Med Caravelle in Guadeloupe (French West Indies).
The decision to create new staff uniforms made out of recycled plastic is one of the many initiatives that Club Med is enacting to continue to grow its sustainability efforts. Recently, the company shared news of its new eco-chic resort concept in the Dominican Republic (Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda), the removal of plastic straws from its resorts, and its “Bye-Bye Plastic” project to eliminate single-use plastics from its resorts globally. Approximately 75 percent of the company’s resorts are certified under Green Globe for maintaining high standards for sustainable tourism with the goal of increasing that number to 100 percent. The company also enacts an eco-friendly approach to the construction of its resorts and works to help the surrounding local communities through various initiatives.