Sunday 29 November, 2020

Going Green: Staying at these five hotels can help the environment

Although it’s nice to take a vacation, polluting the environment isn’t part of your holiday agenda.

Did you know one million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world, and that number will top half a trillion by 2021?

What’s worse is less than half of those bottles end up getting recycled.

That’s why many resorts around the world are moving toward environmentally-friendly policies which means using less single-use plastics (i.e. plastic bags, straws, disposable containers etc.)

Here are five hotels where you can relax and help save the environment at the same time:

1. Sandals Resorts

Sandals Resorts International announced on September 17 that it would no longer be serving single-use straws at its 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven Caribbean islands – including Jamaica, the Bahamas, St. Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Barbados and Turks & Caicos, by November 1, 2018. Eco-friendly paper straws will be available upon request.

The company said this is the first phase of the elimination of single-use plastics from its resorts.

Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, said the move is part of their commitment to creating a plastic-free sea.

"We care deeply about our commitment to preserving both marine wildlife and human health within the many beautiful islands we're connected to. Eliminating single-use plastic straws and stirrers is only the beginning of our journey toward helping create a plastic-free sea in the region we call home," he added. 

2. Coco Reef Resort

Coco Reef Resort and Spa, Tobago, has announced that it will no longer be using single-use straws.

In a social media post, the resort said it’s now a ‘straw-free’ resort. The company added that other single-use plastics are also soon to be discontinued.

3. Marriot International

Marriott International said in a statement issued earlier this year that it will be removing single-use straws and plastic stirrers its more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands around the world. 

The ban is supposed to be fully implemented by July 2019.

The company said this initiative is the latest change the hospitality company is making to enhance the sustainability of its operations and reduce plastic consumption.

The company also began replacing small toiletry bottles in the guest bathrooms of about 450 select-service hotels with larger, in-shower dispensers which reduce the amount of plastic waste.


4. Hyatt Regency

In July 2018, Hyatt Hotels Corporation also announced that it would be cutting out single-use plastics in its hotels from September 1, 2018.

The company said after September 1, 2018, straws and picks will be available on request only, and eco-friendly alternatives will be provided where available.

At Hyatt, we care for people so they can be their best, and this care extends to our communities and to preserving resources for future generations. Eliminating plastic straws and drink picks builds on the environmental sustainability programs we have in place and further drives our global efforts to reduce environmental impact,” said Frank Lavey, senior vice president, global operations for Hyatt.

“This is a meaningful step, and our commitment doesn’t stop with straws and drink picks. We will continue exploring viable alternatives everywhere we can.”


5. Hilton Hotels

Hilton Hotels said it will be removing single-use straws from its resorts by the end of 2018.

In a statement issued earlier this year, the company said in Europe, Middle East & Africa alone, the commitment will remove more than five million plastic straws and 20 million plastic water bottles annually.

Hilton said it will remove plastic straws and offer a paper or biodegradable alternative upon request. Hilton will also remove plastic water bottles from meetings and events in hotels across the EMEA region, as part of its global Meet with Purpose program to offer socially and environmentally responsible meetings.

The ban on straws is part of a new set of global targets designed to cut Hilton’s environmental footprint in half by 2030 and double its social impact investment around the world.

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