It’s been a long time coming but the hotel greats are finally getting on board with waste reduction and we couldn’t be happier. Accor, a hotel group with a casual 5,000 properties across 110 countries under its belt, has committed to ridding the guest experience in all of its hotels of all single-use plastic items by the end of 2022.
Responsible for brands including Fairmont, Pullman, The Art Series and Tribe, to name just a few, Accor welcomes over 120 million guests each year which equates to about 200 million single-use plastic items. So it’s fair to say this is the kind of step that’s going to make a massive impact and will hopefully pave the way for the entire business to go single-use plastic free.
If you hardcore zero wasters out there are planning on postponing your holidays until 2022, there’s no need. Plenty of the individual Accor brands and hotels have already taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint. In fact, 94% of Accor’s hotels have completely removed plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers, and by the end of March this year that number will be a nice round 100%.
Meanwhile, Accor’s newest brand Greet has been created in response to current consumer demands so you can expect it to be totally plastic free from the get-go. One Greet hotel has already opened in France with 10 more expected to fling open their doors in Europe this year. So, go ahead and book that European summer, just remember to offset your flights.
Accor’s commitment has come off the back of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative which is led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organisation, in collaboration with the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. The initiative targets major tourism operators and destinations with the aim to have them making commitments to plastic free operation by 2025, so we have high hopes that all of the hotel giants and tourism businesses will be on board soon.
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