Radisson Hotel Group announced several initiatives to cut the use of single-use plastics in all its hotels.
The hotel group said it will replace small bottles for common bathroom products with bulk amenity dispensers across all brands by the beginning of 2022.
According to the hotel group, this initiative will remove 57 million miniature amenities and avoid the use of almost 500 tonnes of plastic annually.
The hotel group will no longer use plastic straws and plastic stirrers in its hotels by 2021, and will offer guests “eco-friendly alternatives” upon request.
In September 2019, Radisson Hotel Group participated in the International Tourism Plastic Pledge, an initiative with an aim to keep holiday destinations plastic pollution free, led by the Dutch organisation MVO Nederland that focuses on corporate social responsibility.
As an advisory committee member at the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, Radisson Hotel Group said it’s also “committing to work towards a single-use plastic-free future for the hotel industry”.
The hotel group added that it will also continue collaborating with UN Environment, UNWTO and Ellen MacArthur Foundation to catalyze further industry-wide action on plastic waste with other members.
Federico J. González Tejera, President & CEO, Radisson Hospitality AB and Chairman, Global Steering Committee, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “Plastic pollution is one of the current major global issues and our Group is proud to play a leading role in driving plastic reduction across the travel and tourism industry.
“We are a signatory to the International Tourism Plastic Pledge – further demonstrating our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Business, in line with the targets laid out in our five-year strategic plan. Responsible Business is a key element in our approach to growth and is vital to our ambition to become one of the leading hotel companies in the world,” he added.
Other large hotel groups have also launched their own initiatives to reduce the use of single-use plastics, such as Accor, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG and Mandarin Oriental.