Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort Vows to Eliminate Plastic Straws

February 6th, 2019

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort Vows to Eliminate

Plastic Straws

Resort joins movement to protect natural resources from the dangers of disposable plastic

(Río Grande, February 6, 2019) Reaffirming its commitment to its community and the restoration

of Puerto Rico, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort announces a new

initiative to eliminate plastic straw use on the resort.

As part of its continued efforts to support Puerto Rico’s natural wildlife and sustainable future,

the team at Wyndham Grand began an initiative last year to deplete its existing supply of plastic

straws by the start of 2019. The resort now offers guests biodegradable straws to be used in

cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Plastic straws will be available by guest request.

“We are fully committed to do everything we can to protect the wonderful natural resources that

surround Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort and inspire the magic of

this island,” said General Manager Nils Stolzlechner. “Our guests are interested in the local

ecology and appreciative of our efforts to support it – and many of them look for ways to

participate. This initiative helps us take a step towards a safer environment for wildlife that our

teams and guests can all be part of, while changing our processes for the better.”

Plastic straws are not biodegradable and take hundreds of years to break down. Thousands end

up in the oceans, posing real danger to animals such as sea turtles and fish. According to the

World Economic Forum, the plastic in our oceans will outweigh the fish by 2050. The resort,

which offers community education around annual sea turtle (tinglar) nesting season in

partnership with the Dept. of Natural and Environmental Resources, actively works to protect

sea turtle nests by blocking access to the beach at sunset each summer.

The resort, recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 2018 World’s Greatest Places for its

groundbreaking efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, participates in a variety of local

environmental efforts to support the island. Earlier this year, the resort presented a donation of

$16,000 to the National Forest Foundation (NFF), to aid in the restoration and recovery of

neighboring El Yunque National Rainforest, which was damaged during Hurricane María. Last

July, a group of volunteers from the resort visited María de la Cruz Cave in Loíza to help the

ecological restoration of the bee community there, and plant endemic trees in the local park.

The resort, its golf courses, and restaurants, are fully operational after multi-million dollar

renovations were completed earlier this year.

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Learn more about Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort online at

WyndhamGrandRioMar.com or call (800) 474-6627.

Media Contact:

Laura Davidson Public Relations


About Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort:

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort is nestled on 500 acres along a

mile-long section of golden beach adjacent to the El Yunque National Rainforest and the

Mameyes River. The lush resort features a 48,000-sq. ft. oceanfront conference center, a 7,000-

square-foot casino; two world-class 18-hole golf courses; a 7,000 square foot spa and fitness

center; multiple lounges and entertainment venues; international tennis center; water sports

center; and two beachfront pools.

About Wyndham Grand:

Travel is the best excuse to enjoy the grand things in life. With locations in some of the world’s

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