Hyatt Hotels Corporation has become the latest major hotel group to shift its global brand portfolio to large-format refillable bathroom amenities and recyclable water bottles in a move to significantly reduce its environmental impact.
A deadline of June 2021 has been set for all properties across all brand to implement operational changes including phasing out small, single-use plastic amenity bottles including shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and lotion as well as installing more water stations throughout each property and switching to water carafes or refillable bottles for meetings and events. Bottled water will continue to be available if requested by MICE clients.
A wide variety of Hyatt brands are already operating under these guidelines, with the head office move aimed at implementing a formal company-wide minimum standard. Hyatt Hotels currently operates 20 brands including Andaz, Alila, Destination, Thompson Hotels and a wide variety of iterations with the Hyatt name itself including Park Hyatt and Hyatt Regency.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation CEO and President, Mark Hoplamazian, said the company’s purpose was to care for people so they can be at their best and this ethos guides its business decisions including sustainability initiatives.
“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,” he said.
The latest move builds on recent efforts around the Hyatt portfolio to remove plastic drinking straws from all bars and restaurants as well as increasing the use of compostable and recyclable packaging for ‘grab and go’ style food items.