Paris : A hotel without single-use plastic.
The Ubiquity of Plastic in Hotels
Plastic is everywhere in hotels, at the reception, in the restaurant, and also in the rooms. Indeed, people coming to stay at the hotel most often stay on site for a short time, therefore at each change of customers the toiletries are thrown away and replaced. All are often wrapped in single-use plastic. Additionally, many hotels offer plastic water bottles to welcome their guests.
However, hotels will have to change their practices as more and more countries decide to ban single-use plastic. The Travel Without Plastic website has created a guide offering alternatives to plastic to help hotels in their zero-plastic efforts. In addition to the climate emergency and the laws, hotels have every interest in eliminating plastic in their establishments to satisfy future customers. Moreover, The Nielsen Company has carried out a study which finds that 66% of millennials are willing to pay more for services such as hotels when establishments are committed to working for the environment.
Image search results for “hotel opera liege Paris”In February 2020, the Hotel Opera Liège became the first French hotel without single-use plastic. To achieve this, the hotel was supported by the start-up Racing For The Oceans. This company raises awareness and supports all companies wishing to act for the planet.
The transition of the Hotel Opéra Liège was done smoothly to offer an optimal and sustainable model. First of all, all the plastic packaging present in the rooms has been removed, the water bottles have been replaced by water fountains and the shower gels and shampoos are now in a solid state. In total, more than 24,000 plastic bottles and 55,000 cosmetic packagings have been removed.
In addition, the establishment is making efforts to offer fresh food from short circuits and without plastic packaging.
Sources : Racing for the Ocean, travel without plastic, The Nielsen Company
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