Sustainability

5 ideas to shop ethically this Christmas  

Christmas… a wonderful time of the year where family reunites, delicious food is on the table and gifts are exchanged. At Club Med, we’re all about giving love and gifts to family and friends but we’re also conscious of the impact this can have on our environment in our continuous commitment towards sustainability.

Discover below five ideas on how to make your Christmas shopping a little bit more sustainable this year while still pleasing your loved ones with ethical Christmas gifts they’ll never forget about!

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1.      Give unique memories

Holidays

Who wouldn’t want a holiday for Christmas?! Surprise your loved one with a weekend away or a relaxing week somewhere in the world – the perfect way to create unique memories. Looking for inspiration? Discover many destinations this way.

Events ticket

Music lover? Festivals or concert ✔
Food lover? Cooking lesson ✔
Art lover? Art gallery or exhibit tickets ✔

You get the idea. Keep an eye out for local events and make it your amazing Christmas gift.

Experiences

Always wanted to go whale watching or bungee jumping? There are so many experiences to try both locally and overseas, it makes the perfect gift for all budgets. And why not treat yourself to the same gift so you can also share the joy?

Memberships

Whether your loved ones are gym junkies or beauty box addicts, there are many options of memberships to choose from. Rather than one gift in December, they’ll love receiving this gift all year long.

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2.      Give your time

This is not always the most common way of gifting but sometimes giving your own time can go a long way. Have a special skill you can help with like gardening or painting? Create your own voucher to give away some of your time!

Know friends that need a babysitter few times a year or a car to borrow? Organise it and surprise them with your kindness!

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3.      Upcycle existing objects

Before you throw away old furniture or toys, think to yourself if it could have a second chance with a bit of a touch-up? You’d be surprised how easy it is to repaint small furnishing or repurpose objects for a brand new life.

Not sure where to start? Check these awesome upcycling ideas from a new lamp to a jewelry frame organizer. They will make amazing ethical Christmas gifts.

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4.      Bake some yummy treats

Something as simple as food can make someone’s Christmas! And why not learn a skill too? Between cupcakes and savoury cakes, there are many yummy treats to please your loved ones.

Not really into cooking? Look in your local chocolate store, gifting delicious chocolate made with love can only go right.

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5.      Buy ethical and local

Of course, we’re not all crafty with an ever-lasting supply of old furniture to upcycle lying around.

So for eco-friendly gifts, why not find a local artisan and buy something you know has been created with love and with a great story behind it.

Check your local artists selling paintings, sculptures, home decoration… Get information on any organic stores nearby or local wine producers.  

So remember for this Christmas, it’s all about giving sustainably and ethically. Give unique memories, give your time, give something you made, give to the local community by buying something different.

Happy holidays!

Top tips to make your home a little piece of paradise

Have you ever wondered how your interior affects your mind and your body? What feelings do you have while entering your home? Does your home inspire you to be relaxed or creative? Is it reflecting your personality and your passions?

Allow your surrounding to tell a story, and let a simple smell, sight, sound, or taste take you back to your happy place.

Be inspired by your recent Club Med holiday and start a mood board for your home!

Here are our top 5 tips to help you make your home feel like your little piece of paradise:

1. COLLECT UNIQUE LOCAL ITEMS DURING YOUR TRIP

The object will not only be an additional styling piece for your home but also a combination of stories and emotions you felt while buying it. Meeting with local designers will also encourage you to deepen your knowledge about the culture of the country, the materials and the techniques used to create these unique items. Cheap in price but valuable in worth! Make sure you’re careful with non-treated wooden items which may not be allowed through Customs at the airport.

Our favourite spots to visit here:

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Bali

Carga – perfect shop for gifts/homewares, cushions and textiles that will please both adults and kids. The kids handmade toys and dolls are even more than beautiful, they also help to raise money for street-kids in Bali.

Bungalow Living Bali - Designed and produced in Bali, these homewares are mostly all handmade products, we can’t resist!

Less than 30min by speedboat and ferry from Club Med Kani and Finolhu Villas

Oevaali Art Shop – you will find painting inspired by Maldivian culture, as well as cushions and candles.

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Guilin

Morningsun Gallery - Get an authentic taste of Yangshuo and find art pieces representing nature using traditional calligraphy art.

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Ki Huic Market - Dive into Mayan culture and unearth colourful serape fabrics, hand-crafted gifts and other accessories for your home such as traditional blankets.

2. INDOOR PLANTS

Adding indoor plants to your home is a great way to inject a pop of colour and hint of exoticism, while also providing the best Instagram picture. Indoor plants also improve air quality in your home - according to the NASA’s Clean Air study, some plants have positive benefits on health by eliminating harmful toxins, such as the Chlorophytum comosum (the spider plant), the bamboo palm, the Ficus elastica and benjamina. Create your own nature therapy and get some inspiration from the plants below:

3. ADD A TOUCH OF BLUE

Blue is a colour that reflects trust, freedom and calm - doesn’t this sound like the perfect feel for a home?

The possibilities are endless so add as much or as little as your please - a splash of blue on your pillow, carpet, painting or even alternate some of your curtains with blue hues like below for some sweet Mediterranean vibes.

4. CANDLES AND LIGHTING

Lighting can help transform your home from a stark space into a haven of tranquility and calming atmosphere. Simply light a few scented candles and place them around your home, or get creative with some of the below ideas:

Bring a touch of nature into your home by wrapping leaves or vines around the base of your candles (careful not to place them too close to the flame). Very fairy-chic! Another great idea is to place flowers and leaves in a bowl of water and float your candle on top.

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Wondering what to do with all these rocks your kids collected for you from the beach?

5. DO IT YOURSELF

Feeling creative or looking for a rainy day activity with your children? Sourcing materials that inspire you while on holiday and creating your own personalised decorations at home is the best way to get your interior as unique as you are. Feel the texture, shape your object as you imagine it to be, create your own style and find how the small irregularities add charm. You will soon find you value this object much more than something you’ve purchased in a store, especially if you enlist the help of your little ones. Let your imagination run wild and create your own pillow cases, a tablecloth, a small statue, or art for our wall.

At Club Med, we believe that holidays are the best time to free your creativity and explore new sides of your right brain. Join us for an arts and crafts must-try activity in Bali, Phuket and Kabira and meet local artists who will share their knowledge and expertise to help you to create a unique piece that you’ll be able to bring home afterwards.

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Looking for the temples of fabric in the world? We’ve pulled some recommendations for you:

Less than 30min drive from Club Med Phuket

Ban Boran Textile - where you will find cotton textiles from Chiang Mai as well as fabrics sourced from Southeast Asia's tribal communities.

Thai Silk Collection - vendor of quality silk fabrics for homeware and also fashion, everything you need to create soft bed sheets, pillow covers and ultra-soft cushions.

Approx. 1 hour drive from Club Med Bali

Jalan Sulawesi - Denpasar’s textile heaven selling Balinese fabrics such as cotton, Batik, silk and even delicate lace fabric.

Wardani Textiles - this textile temple has more than thousands of fabrics to choose from amongst silk, cottons, linen  and some traditional fabrics such as ikat, sarongs and sashes.

6. NOT GOING ON HOLIDAY YET?

You can also use your own surroundings as inspiration for your interior. Here are some of our favourite Australian home designers:

https://www.stilllife.net.au

https://www.jardan.com.au/

https://communebondi.com/

https://arrivalhall.com.au/

https://www.designtwins.com/

http://www.westelm.com.au/

Discover more about our Club Med offers to travel to these destinations here.

Competition: Moving #ForwardTogether for a more sustainable future

Do you have a great idea that can help us to spread happiness in a sustainable way?

For over 60 years, we've been committed to caring for our guests, environment, and communities around the world, and have implemented many ongoing sustainability initiatives in our resorts.

If you’ve recently travelled to one of the Club Med resorts in Asia, you probably found something missing in your cocktail… 🍸 Taste? Of course not, but a plastic straw! We’ve already removed them from our Asian resorts and aim to do the same in all 68 resorts worldwide by 2019!

We are super proud of our most recent actions and know there is even more we can do in our resorts to ensure we’re spreading happiness in a responsible and sustainable way and want YOU to help us move #ForwardTogether!

Thank you for submitting all your ideas!

The competition is now close, stay tuned for the winner!

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Pioneer in eco-construction:

We pay close attention to integrating our resorts harmoniously with their natural surroundings. In all Club Med resorts, the built-up surface only covers 7% of the total site surface. Club Med Finolhu Villas has over 6,000sqm of solar panels which provide solar energy to our resort in the Maldives.

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Eradicating single-use plastic:

Removing plastic straws from our resorts in Asia has been a huge success – we’ve already seen a decrease of 1,000 straws per day in Club Med Phuket! We are now working to eradicate all single-use plastic items from our resorts globally.

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Green Globe Certified:

74% of our resorts have achieved '“Green Globe Certification”, the highest and most thoroughly tested standard of responsible tourism. Our objective is to reach 100% certification across all resorts!

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Cleanup Days:

All year-round, our resorts gather their staff, guests, and local communities to clean the beaches of plastic and all other types of garbage or waste.

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Preserving biodiversity:

Protecting the biodiversity of our natural surroundings is a big focus for us. In the Maldives, we’ve created artificial reefs and fish refuges – giving our fish friends new homes – and at Club Med Bintan Island, our turtle nursery helps protect endangered turtle species.

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Reducing food wastage:

On average, only 100g of food is wasted per person, per meal – about the size of a kiwi fruit! We’ve also introduced a new innovative technology, Winnow, to help reduce food wastage even further – we’ve seen a 60% reduction at Club Med Bali already!

Read more about our environmental actions on Club Med Website here.

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Sourcing food from local farmers:

We know that food and culinary discoveries are a big part in the holiday experience and we aim to deliver the best to our guests. By supporting our local farmers, we can offer our guests fresh in-season, organic and pesticide-free products.

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Eco-activities to educate guests:

The reef underwater trail in Kani, the release program for the baby turtles in Bintan Island and ecological walks in Cherating Beach are a few examples of activities that enable guests to go home with a mind full of memories and knowledge, while giving back to their amazing environments.

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Fun and informative activities for children:

Children will learn about food growth and consumption in our dedicated pedagogical gardens and will be able to discover the local culture through cooking classes, painting workshops and excursions. We also regularly invite local children into our resorts to play sports and participate in our activities.

Read more about our sustainable actions on Club Med Website here.

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Partnership with NGOs:

For 10 years, we’ve been partnered with an NGO, Agrisud, to train farmers on food standards which they are now supplying to our resorts globally. We’ve also partnered with over 400 ecological farms worldwide in order to reduce our carbon footprint and deliver fresh products every day.


Workplace equity and diversity:

  • Over 110 nationalities are represented in our resorts and offices worldwide

  • 75% of our jobs are created locally

  • Every year, more than 2,000 voluntary G.O.s take action to educate local communities on recycling, equality, and to bring them joy through entertainment and games


Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Club Med Foundation:

Supporting local charitable projects in childhood, education, integration through sports and sustainable development since 1978.

Read more about our social actions on Club Med Website here.

Competition Terms & Conditions:

Competition period: 27 September, 2018 - 8 November, 2018. Open to Australia and New Zealand residents only. The winner will be selected by the ESAP Sustainability Expert, ESAP Operations Manager, and Marketing Manager of Club Med Pacific region. The winning idea will be implemented into a Club Med resort in Asia. The prize is valid for 7 nights stay for 2 adults in a Club (Superior) Room at the resort of implantation. The prize holiday will be booked within 1 month before departure for high season and 3 months before departure for low season. Blackouts over peak travel periods apply, including but not limited to Christmas and New Year, school holidays, Chinese New Year and Golden Week, and other peak travel periods. Prize does not include: flights, transfers, local expenses, tours, exclusive honeymoon package, spa treatments, and all other activities that are available at extra cost. Prize is not redeemable for cash and not transferable. For other terms and conditions please contact Club Med.