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’ve already started working closely with our suppliers to identify the single- use 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.

To support our business-wide pledge, our team members have been coming up with their own pledges to reduce their single-use plastic intake. We’ve been hearing pledges from the replacement of cling-film, getting creative with old plastic items and of course ditching the plastic bags and bottles!

In total, as a business, we’re going to remove hundreds of millions of unnecessary single-use plastic items from our company-wide pledge but we know that every small act makes a difference and our teams are inspiring us in their own lives to make the bigger changes.

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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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*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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