Rum Point thinks green -- and hopes guests will, too

PLACENIA, Belize -- Environmentally concerned visitors to Rum Point resort here can hit the books while on vacation.

The resort features a library with books on natural history as well as videos on fish identification and Belizean culture. Guests get environmental information at check-in and a reef conservation talk before heading out on dive boats.

Rum Point participates in REEF and PADI community conservation programs. According to George A. Bevier, owner and manager, environmental efforts also take place behind the scenes in some unusual ways. Styrofoam is recycled for use in construction of the resort's distinctive igloo-shaped cabanas.

Ten sculpted cabanas line the beach and three buildings of four suites each lie just off the beach. The sculpted domes with private bathrooms have floors, walls and roofs made from styrofoam, which eliminates the need for wooden forms and supports, Bevier said.

Because recycling efforts are not countrywide as yet, Bevier said that most efforts, such as glass bottle returns, are on a piecemeal basis. Cloth laundry bags are reused, and guests' bed linens are changed every other day except for special requests.

Rum Point has switched over to energy-saving light bulbs and air conditioning units, water-conserving toilets, demand hot water heaters and Ozone purifiers for water in the guest rooms and in the fresh water recycling pool.

Phone: (888) BELIZE1 or 501-6-23239, Fax: 501-6-23240, Web: www.rumpoint.com

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