Hyatt has introduced three initiatives that will reduce single-use plastics at its hotels across the globe.
“Reducing single-use plastics at properties is a true expression of our purpose – to care for people so they can be their best – which extends to our communities and planet,” Marié Fukudome, director of environmental affairs for Hyatt, told USA TODAY Tuesday.
The three initiatives are meant to be in place by June 2021 at the latest.
“There are more than 875 Hyatt-branded hotels operating worldwide in different cities and market types,” said Fukudome. She added that while some hotels can quickly make changes, other will need time to adapt.
Some Hyatt properties have already gone forward with the new initiatives in an effort to be more environmentally friendly.
“For example, our Miraval properties have eliminated plastic water bottles completely,” Fukudome said, and others have transitioned to large-format amenities.
She explained that the 2021 goal helps give the hotel chain enough time to ensure implementation and planning for “long-term success.”
In order to reduce their waste in properties around the world, Hyatt will:
- Switch to using large-format bathroom amenities in place of traditional tiny bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and lotion.
- Add more water stations in public spaces for guests looking to fill reusable water bottles.
- Serve water in large containers such as carafes for meetings and events. Bottled water will still be available upon request.
But these new steps aren’t all that Hyatt has been doing to reduce its impact on the environment. They are one step forward in the broader context of what Hyatt has been trying to do to be sustainable.
For example, the Hyatt Regency Delhi has reduced the use of plastic bottles by more than one million each year with an in-house water-bottling plant – that’s 28 tons of plastic weight, Fukudome said.
And at several other resorts, such as Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa and Hyatt Ziva Cancun, guests are given reusable bottles at check-in.
“We hope our efforts will motivate guests, customers and, indeed, ourselves to think more critically about our use of plastic,” Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO of Hyatt, said in a release.
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