Hyatt Joins Plastic Reduction Movement
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has introduced a plan to reduce the amount of plastic it will use in the future, joining the growing trend of hotel chains dropping room staples like plastic amenity bottles.
Hyatt will now transition from offering small bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and lotion in its room to large-format bathroom amenities at its properties throughout the world, it announced in a statement.
The company’s plastic reduction plan also includes an initiative to curtail plastic water bottle waste. This initiative involve the company installing more water stations in its public spaces so that guests will be encouraged to refill plastic water bottles, instead of tossing them after one use. Hyatt will also being serving water in carafes or other containers at meetings and events, discouraging the use of bottled water to the point where it will only be available upon request.
The company will begin introducing these changes as soon as possible at all of its locations around the world and vows for the transitions to have been completed no later than June 2021.
“At Hyatt, our purpose – we care for people so they can be their best – guides all business decisions, including our global sustainability framework, which focuses on using resources responsibly and helping address today’s most pressing environmental issues,” says Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt. “Plastic pollution is a global issue, and we hope our efforts will motivate guests, customers and, indeed, ourselves to think more critically about our use of plastic.”
This isn’t the first time Hyatt has developed a global waste-reduction initiative. The company previously began the process of removing plastic straws and drink picks from its hotels.
Hyatt’s mass plastic reduction efforts are similar to those of other large hotel chains. It was reported in September that Marriott International will eliminate shampoo, conditioner and bath gel toiletries from its rooms, replacing those containers with larger bottles or wall-mounted dispensers. News broke in July that the owner of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels will remove toiletries from its 843,000 rooms by 2021.
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