Updated: Jul 20, 2020
When developing your partnerships, it is important you align in mission and values. This has never been as important as it is in the sustainability sector.
This year we announced our first project location and as if that wasn't exciting enough, we also announced our first #project partner. But how did this all come about and why is this the right fit for us?
Partnership is just that - it implies, both parties benefit. When it comes to the #sustainability sector, that is not the only consideration. Benefit without fit will never work.
Why Caerula Mar was the right fit for Great Sea Project.
While in development of the Great Sea Project we wanted to find a location for our first location that fit a few criteria:
no #recycling program
influx of ocean plastic - impacted area
area with community involvement
accessible for shipping and logistics
We were in discussion with a few individuals and local governments from Turks and Caicos, and Barbados. Then it happened. Our founder, was up late working on a few plans for the final unit and turned on the TV , #IslandofBryan was playing on #HGTV and they were talking about cleaning the beach and the influx of #oceanplastic. It was one of those moments where it all seemed to come together.
After research and and little communication, it was determined this was a good fit. Not only because of location ( 3 major currents run by the #island dumping plastic from all over the Caribbean) but because of the people. #caerulamar is owned and operated by fellow Canadians, Bryan and Sarah Baeumler. The resort and grounds have been designed and built with sustainability in mind from the conscious planting of local vegetation to eco sustainable choices all around the resort. They invested in sustainable product, there is no plastic used - even for water. This made the location and partnership a perfect fit.
From the onset, even while dealing with building a resort, managing their careers and family, all while filming a tv show - they were open to a partnership that benefits the community, the island and the ocean.
After over a year and a half in development, a lot of work and a global pandemic - our first unit was delivered to South Andros, #Bahamas to Caerula Mar on July 14th.
To learn more about our partner and first location , you can visit them https://caerulamar.com/