Six Senses will remove and avoid all virgin plastic materials from its hotel and spa operations as it seeks to go plastic free by 2022.
To get there, the luxury hospitality brand will also work with the United States Coalition on Sustainability and SustainChain (USCS), a non-profit organisation helping align the global sustainability ecosystem towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, by sharing best practices and scaling solutions.
Six Senses sees the removal of single-use and disposable plastic as top priority, including everything from packaging materials to fabrics and furniture. Its latest partnership with USCS will allow the group to connect to a range of eco-friendly suppliers.
A prototype of a plastic-free kitchen is also in the works, where Jeff Smith, vice president for sustainability and Six Senses Yao Noi is working towards bringing this concept to all properties.
“Our collaboration with SustainChain opens options to collaborate and innovate throughout our value chains, to help deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals and more specifically for us to achieve our goal of Plastic Free 2022. We’re already seeing huge innovations, and the opportunities to grow together as a movement are incredible," said Smith.
Saying no to plastic is not new for the group, which in 2020 signed a partnership with the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to work with suppliers to seek safer alternatives and address the root causes of plastic pollution.
In the 1990s, Six Senses began using refillable ceramic bathroom amenities, and introduced glass bottled water in the rooms back in 2003 — more than 2.4 million single-use plastic bottles were replaced group-wide in 2019/2020 alone.
Source: Travel Weekly Asia