Single-use bathroom amenities have been removed from voco Gold Coast in an effort to reduce its plastic usage by 80 per cent, with refillable bottles now in place across all rooms.
Aveda-brand shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap amenities are now available in all guest rooms via replenishable bottles fixed to bathroom walls.
In further initiatives, plastic water bottles have also been replaced with glass throughout the hotel, while smart-down bedding made from recycled materials are now in place on all beds. On the rooftop, a resident beekeeper managing a hive of 300,000 bees which produce the hotel’s honey and lavender shortbread biscuits at the breakfast buffet.
“We have been trialling the large bottle amenities for the last 12 weeks and the feedback we’ve received from guests was been overwhelming – guests have loved the concept and been impressed with our sustainability mission,” said voco Gold Coast General Manager, Brendan van Blerk.
“As well as our crusade to reduce our plastic consumption, we have chosen to participate in a green waste program headed up by Gold Coast City Council whereby we recycle all of our Food and Scrap waste out of all of our kitchens.
“This waste is then turned into garden mulch which the council then uses on the garden beds and in parks and grounds, reducing the amount of water for these public spaces which in turn drives down the council rates charged to residents,” van Blerk added.