Hyatt Hotels: ditching single-use amenities in a drive to reduce waste (and save money)
Hyatt is initiating three steps to reduce its reliance on single-use plastics.
- Adopting large format bathroom amenities and ditching small single-use bottles
- Adding water refill stations, so you can top up your designer reusable water bottle – because you could dehydrate!
- Ditching the single-use water bottles it distributes at meetings and events, in favour of reusable containers like carafes
Are they introducing this immediately?
No – they have given themselves a 20-month timeline to achieve this by June 2021.
“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.”Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt
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Hyatt is the last of the major three (Marriott and Hilton) to announce this kind of environmental initiative. Marriott and Hilton announced similar initiatives a month or so ago, as did the entire State of California.
Good for the environment and the bottom line
These sustainability initiatives are a no-brainer for profitability, not to mention reputation, and they happen to reduce environmental plastic pollution. And that’s probably the order of priority that Hyatt gives the initiative. Call me ‘cynical’ – I’ll take it on the chin.
Add that to the portfolio
Hyatt, mainly through their new alliance partners, has already launched some environmental initiatives – everything from composting and recycling to in-house water bottling plants (Alila properties). They even have a website about it: www.hyattthrive.com.
All cynicism aside, this is a good initiative, but it’s not exactly groundbreaking. The 20 month implementation period is probably necessary, but it’s not like they are going to win the race on this.
I doubt they would be doing this without the pressure from other industry leaders, so this is ‘catch-up’ rather than leadership in my view.