We’re removing all unnecessary single-use plastics from our hotels by 2025

As the largest hotel chain in the UK, we have a responsibility to ensure our impact on the environment is as small as possible and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure this through our sustainability programme Force for Good.

 

As part of that commitment, we pledge to eliminate* single-use plastics from our hotels and restaurants by 2025. We’re already working closely with our suppliers to identify all plastic we use across our organisation and find alternatives wherever possible.

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We believe this is the biggest commitment of its kind across the hotel industry, and a much needed one. We’ve already stopped using plastic straws and stirrers at our restaurants, and we’ve never used plastic miniature shower products at our hotels.

 

In total we’re going to remove hundreds of millions of unnecessary single-use plastic items, like sauce sachets and nappy bags. Behind the scenes we’ll be reducing our food and textile packaging – anything that isn’t needed means more waste and increased carbon emissions. Necessary use of plastic, for example where it is required for food safety reasons, or where removal would have unintended environmental impacts, will still be subject to improvements and will be reduced or replaced with recyclable and recycled alternatives.

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Our managing director, Simon Ewins, said, “Whitbread has a long history of being a Force for Good in the things we do –And even with plastics, we’ve already made an exciting start - Premier Inn has never used miniature bath and shower products and we were one of the first businesses to eliminate plastic straws and stirrers, so we’ve already made huge steps, particularly in terms of consumer-facing plastics - this is just the start.

 

In many ways what we’re looking at now with our 2025 commitment for both plastics and the rest of our commitments to be a Force for Good are the hard yards that collectively can make a huge difference. For plastics, this means going forward we will be forensically examining our supply chain and eliminating the use of unnecessary single-use plastics wherever we can – from the products consumers will notice, to those behind-the-scenes that they won’t, right down to wrappers on textiles. As with any meaningful commitment to change – it won’t happen overnight but we’re unwavering in our belief that eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics is absolutely the right thing to do for our business, our guests and the environment. This is just one part of our wider commitment to being  a Force for Good, whether it’s ensuring human rights are respected across our supply chains or only buying renewable energy to power our hotels, we want to make sure we’re always doing the right thing. 

 

The scale of what we’re planning is huge, but we need to make these changes for the good of the business, our guests and the environment. We’re looking forward to doing business better and cutting out unnecessary single-use plastics throughout all our hotels and restaurants.

 

The scale of what we’re planning is huge, but we need to make these changes for the good of the business, our guests and the environment. We’re looking forward to doing business better and cutting out unnecessary single-use plastics throughout all our hotels and restaurants.

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Learn more about our Force for Good programme

*Plastics or plastic packaging that is: used instantaneously as a one-off application, (e.g. single milk portion carton) AND is unnecessary: For food safety purposes; to allow extended shelf life / protect product; or, where removal does not lead to unintended consequences (e.g. increased food waste / increased carbon emissions from additional transportation)

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We’re a Force for Good

Removing unnecessary single-use plastics is just part of how we’re trying to do business better. Our Force for Good programme is about helping everyone – our customers, team members and suppliers – to live and work well.

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Find out more about how we’re a Force for Good