People use a million plastic water bottles each minute, 91 percent of which are not recycled and clog oceans and landfills. Luxury hotels are heading towards a cleaner, healthier future. By the end of March 2021, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will eliminate all single-use plastic across its entire portfolio of luxury hotels, while Four Seasons Resort Langkawi has already adopted an on-site water bottling system. Sustainable bottled water plays pivotal role in lowering the carbon footprint and moving into a lower-waste lifestyle.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group commits to abolishing all single-use plastic currently in use across all operational departments, including rooms, spa, transport, restaurants and bars. To achieve this, an elimination campaign has been underway for some time at all properties. Having completed a thorough stock inventory, the Group identified 23 of the most common items of single-use plastic currently in use across the portfolio. Currently, 86% of these initial items have been eliminated or are being phased out in all hotels. Moreover, the Group partners with its suppliers to provide alternative products that are both viable and suitable for the luxury hotel environment.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is committed to reducing plastic wastage. The resort offers dispensers for bathroom amenities instead of individually packed toiletries, uses recyclable paper take-away containers as far as possible, and banned plastic drinking straws. The luxury hotel has announces the EoWati initiative under which it has eliminated the use of single-use plastic water bottles. The name EoWati is inspired by the idea of ongoing preservation: eo means “timeless,” while wati means “having” in Sanskrit. Following a seven-step purification process, the in-house system produces high-quality drinking water that is served in glass bottles. The use of reusable glass bottles that can be stored on-site eliminates the need for transport and waste disposal of plastic bottles.