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Sir Richard Branson Puts the Kibosh On Plastic Bottles On Necker Island

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  Site Where: Necker Island, Virgin Islands, British
January 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Well, now the world is saved! Okay, we’re being facetious, of course: It’s a noble thing to take a stand and do some good for the planet and, after all, we all need to do our part.

But we do have to ask: Just how much bottled water are they consuming over there on Necker Island? There are only six houses (aka rooms) holding a maximum of 28 guests. And at a cool $29,000 (single or double) for a seven-night stay during “Celebration Weeks” (the only time you can book individual rooms; otherwise it’s the whole island or nothing for $42,500 per night.

Is his British Virgin Island's nirvana really fully booked all the time to need to make a big deal of letting us know Sir Richard is trying to get green while collecting that green? Forgive us if we smirk just a tad.

We found out about this initiative from Sir Richard’s blog. There he does mention that Necker Island goes through over 200,000 plastic bottles annually. Can that be right? That’s approximately 3,850 bottles per week. Shouldn’t those wealthy people be drinking champagne or something ‘cause that’s a lot of water. Well, you can’t underestimate the value of staying hydrated.

So now we’re changing our tune and going back to thanking Necker Island for moving to bottle their own water in glass containers. 200,000 bottles... yeesh.

There’s a promotion on right now at Necker Island that if you book the island for five-nights (remember -- $42,500 per night), you get one free so if you are one of the lucky ones who can do it, appreciate that complimentary water.

[Photos: Necker Island/Virgin Limited Edition]

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