Mandarin Oriental Hotel group pledges to eliminate single-use plastic in 2020

Luxury hotel chain Mandarin Oriental has vowed to cut single use plastic across its entire portfolio by the end of March next year. 

The group has vowed to banish plastic in all of its operational departments including spa, rooms, transport, restaurants and bars, and in all areas of the hotel – not just those accessed by the public.

As part of its elimination campaign, the group has completed a thorough stock inventory and identified 23 of the most common items of single-use plastic currently in use across the portfolio. 

To date, 86% of these items have been eliminated or are being phased out across the group. 

 “Plastic waste is one of the gravest environmental concerns affecting our planet today,” said James Riley, group chief executive.  

“While our relatively small footprint limits our contribution to the world’s plastic reduction, as one of the most iconic luxury global hotel groups we are in a strong position to drive important changes in the industry.”

“We recognise that to achieve complete elimination while maintaining our luxury service standards is a challenge, but to drive change we must set ambitious goals. 

“The elimination of single-use plastic is only one part of the group’s wider initiative to operate in a responsible and sustainable way across our portfolio.” 

The hotel chain is also collaborating with its suppliers to drive responsible procurement and provide alternative products that are both viable and suitable for the luxury hotel environment.

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