by Meetings and Conventions Asia | November 15, 2019
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Hyatt hopes its efforts will motivate guests and customers to think more critically about the use of plastic.

HONG KONG - Hyatt Hotels Corporation is announcing a series of initiatives to reduce waste at Hyatt hotels globally, including introducing large-format bathroom amenities and reducing single-use water bottles by June 2021.

THE INITIATIVES

•    Transitioning to large-format bathroom amenities to replace traditional small bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and lotion;
•    Increasing the number of water stations in key public spaces at hotels for guests who wish to refill reusable water bottles; and
•    Serving water in carafes or other containers for meetings and events; bottled water will be available by request.

Offering increased access to water stations across Hyatt hotels around the world will ensure guests will have hydration choices that align with both their wellbeing and sustainability priorities while traveling, the hotel chain explained.

Transitioning to large-format bathroom amenities and reducing single-use water bottles builds on Hyatt's broader commitment to reduce disposables and select environmentally preferable options whenever possible, with the exception of when single-use bottles are needed for water quality reasons.
 

THE COMMITMENT

According to Hyatt, these new initiatives represent a significant step in its global sustainability program and underscore its commitment to wellbeing.

Hyatt's other recent global initiatives have included removing plastic straws and drink picks and making alternative options available only by request at Hyatt hotels, and increasing the use of compostable, recyclable, or recycled content packaging for to-go food containers.

WHAT THEY SAY

"At Hyatt, our purpose - we care for people so they can be their best - guides all business decisions, including our global sustainability framework, which focuses on using resources responsibly and helping address today's most pressing environmental issues," said Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt.

"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."