Radisson has set itself a deadline for 2022 in which it plans to rid its entire global hotel estate of all single-use plastics in a move which will eliminate more than 57 million miniature amenity bottles from circulation each year.
The move, which translates to 500 tonnes of plastic not making its way annually to landfill around the world, will see refillable dispensers installed across all brands and all rooms progressively. The action sees the company join the chorus line of major hotel groups worldwide at various stages of their own plans to eradicate single-use plastics from their own operations.
Alongside bathroom amenities, public use items such as plastic straws and stirrers will also be removed from all bars and restaurants, to be replaced with eco-alternatives such as paper or metal. The company will complete this initiative by 2021 – one year earlier.
In addition, a number of pilot projects will be initiated in an effort to remove plastic from other aspects of hotel operations. For example, all Radisson properties in India will install reverse osmosis systems to provide in-house filtered water for guests to fill up their own containers, in place of commercial bottled water.
North American properties will implement a waste collection and recycling program for the new bulk amenity dispensers and excess soaps, with recycled products to be distributed to communities in need. In addition, more than 200 hotels so far across the portfolio have successfully gone carbon neutral in its Radisson Meetings programs, with single-use plastics already phased out. The company will work to expand this to the entire network in coming years.
Radisson Hospitality President & CEO, Federico González Tejera, said the group was proud to be playing a leading role in driving plastic reduction across the tourism industry.
“We are a signatory to the International Tourism Plastic Pledge – further demonstrating our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Business, in line with the targets laid out in our five-year strategic plan.
“Responsible Business is a key element in our approach to growth and is vital to our ambition to become one of the leading hotel companies in the world,” he added.