Island Sustainability: Doing Our Part


Why We Recycle Oysters…

In the summer, adult oysters release millions of fertilized eggs. During their development, larvae (young, free-swimming oysters) may travel great distances. When development is complete, young oysters must attach to a hard substrate, ideally another oyster shell. If no suitable substrate exists, the oyster dies. South Carolina has a critical shortage of oyster shells. To properly manage the state’s oyster beds and maintain these important oyster habitats, we must continually replace the oyster shells that are removed from the state’s oyster beds. By recycling our oyster shells, we are helping to restore, preserve, and enhance South Carolina’s oyster habitat!

Help us recycle! Simply place oyster shells only in the container located in the center of your oyster table.

Kiawah Island Natural Habitat Conservancy

As you enjoy this island teeming with wildlife and lush vegetation, remember that you are exploring a habitat that is becoming increasingly rare along our cost. Kiawah is fortunate to have the Kiawah Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which is dedicated to the preservation and research of coastal maritime forests and wildlife.

If you enjoy everything that makes Kiawah special, we encourage you to help our Conservancy through donations. Donations can be made at the Heron Park Nature Center or upon checkout at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort and The Sanctuary. To learn more about KINHC and their efforts, please visit

Kiawah’s Tennis Clubs Take Their Green Initiatives To The Court!

Our entire tennis management and staff have teamed up to continue the resort’s mission to keep it green and clean on Kiawah Island Golf Resort. In addition to recycling plastic, paper, and cardboard, replaced equipment is donated to the following outlets:


Donated to be used at schools and playgrounds.

Worn out Tennis Balls

  • Used balls are reused into rental equipment
  • Donated to inner city schools for tennis programs
  • Donated to schools for use on the bottom of chair legs, they cut the balls in half and they prevent the chairs from making noise when they are moved
  • Donated to retirement homes for use on walkers, they help walkers move more smoothly along the floor
  • Donated to guests and owners for their dogs
  • This amounts to around 16,200 tennis balls each year

Carry products from tennis vendors that now offer recycled products

Wilson Sporting Goods offers tennis bags made of recycled nets and plastic and are made PVC free.

Image Network/The Odle Group offers cotton sweatshirts from the company ‘Playback’ that are made from 70% recycled cotton scraps from clothing production.