Reusable glass water bottles at Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
In an effort to reduce its global use of plastics, Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced that it is launching three global initiatives to reduce its use of single-use plastics. As part of its efforts, the company will phase out its use of single use bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioners and lotions, and replace them with what the company calls large format bathroom amenities.
It will increase the number of water stations (once known as water fountains) in key public spaces on its hotel grounds worldwide so guests can refill their own reusable water bottles; and it will serve water in carafes or other reusable containers for meetings and events, with bottled water available upon request.
“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,” Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt said in a statement released to the media. “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.”
The company rethinking its use of plastic is not new. It has already removed plastic straws and drink picks from its hotels, and has made alternatives available. Hyatt properties around the world have already done away with many single use plastics, and have solutions in place, including:
• In-house water bottling plants that reuse glass bottles and replace single-use bottles. Hotels with this solution currently include Alila Villas Koh Russey, Alila Manggis, Alila Ubud, Alila Villas Uluwatu, Alila Bangsar, Alila Jabal Akhdar, Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa, Hyatt Regency Delhi, Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo and Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. • Reusable bottles distributed to all guests at check-in at resorts such as Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Miraval Arizona and Miraval Austin. • Filtered water spouts installed in all guest rooms at Park Hyatt Istanbul - Macka Palas to provide fresh drinking water.
More information about Hyatt’s sustainability efforts can be gleaned at www.hyattthrive.com.