We’ve got our bags!

By Marisa Spyker

It’s no secret that the oceans are in the midst of a plastic crisis: According to the NOAA, roughly 8 million tons of it winds up in there every year. And while a portion of it can be traced back to the fishing industry, much of the flotsam floating in our seas comes straight from our homes, businesses, and beaches.

While that’s reason enough to make “three for the sea” a part of your regular beach trips, one Miami hotel is giving its guests an added incentive. In honor of Earth Day, luxury getaway SLS South Beach is launching a new package called “Down to Earth.” Created to inspire earth-friendliness among their guests, the package includes 20 percent off stays throughout the month of April using promo code “EARTH” with the caveat that guests are encouraged to participate in a beach cleanup during their trip. (Bags are provided at check-in.) 

What’s even more enticing is that the guest who collects the most beach trash during their April stay at SLS South Beach will win an additional complimentary two-night stay for a future vacay. And at a lavish outpost like this, that's a major score. The hotel's accommodations, created by design legends Philippe Starck and Lenny Kravitz, are equal parts opulent and edgy, with spa baths and beach or city views from every room. Elsewhere in the hotel, guests are spoiled with poolside cabanas, a swanky nightclub, a José Andrés restaurant, and sprawling white-sand beach just steps away.

But, of course, a free getaway to this luxe retreat is just part of the prize. Every piece of plastic collected is one less that ends up in our oceans and waterways, soon to make its way inside sealife, seafood, and eventually, our own bodies. So, really, everyone who participates in a beach cleanup in Miami or anywhere else in the world is a winner, right? (But a free hotel stay would be nice, too.) Read more about the SLS South Beach promotion here.

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