Last month, Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai organised a pop-up on its premises of the UAE-based Veganologie brand led by Angana Maheshwari.
Veganologie uses raw materials such as plastic bottles and apple peels to create stylish accessories including handbags, wallets, crossbody bags, as well as laptop cases and card holders.
“At Hyatt Centric, we believe that travel in style and environmental responsibility can coexist. Every day, we strive to improve our initiatives for more sustainable hospitality. While we acknowledge we still have a long way to go, we remain optimistic and committed to searching for ideas and trends to improve our footprint continuously for a brighter and greener future,” says hotel manager Britta Leick-Milde.
Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai is a seven-storey property featuring 173 guestrooms, including 27 deluxe rooms and suites. Apart from that Veganologie pop-up, it has, under a broader Hyatt sustainability mandate, been making a concerted effort to enhance its sustainability credentials.
One of the most significant areas where Hyatt has innovated is in reducing the use of paper at its backend office operations. A whiteboard is used in the back office to share internal information instead of handing printouts, and the employees are giving digital business cards too.
Among its many guest-facing sustainability initiatives, Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai now uses 100 per cent plant-based bottles of Al Ain drinking water on its premises. Within its rooms, liquid bathroom amenities are stored in bulk dispensers from Beekind. The BeeKind Collection features the Gilchrist & Soames products which do not contain any parabens, phthalates, petrol-derived ingredients, mineral oil, urea, DEA, TEA, or propylene glycol. What they do contain is food-grade, naturally derived USP glycerin, natural conditioning agents from honey and the Brassica plant, and soybean and cottonseed oil, instead of petrochemicals. Additionally, the BeeKind formulations are also free of any artificial colors or dyes. A part of BeeKind’s profits go towards CSR projects. It is supporting honeybee and sustainable pollination research at the University of California at Davis Entomology Department and donates a portion of the proceeds from its to the university’s Honey Bee Research Program.
Complementing these in-room offerings, Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai has ensured that its dry amenities have been switched from plastic to wooden and they are made from bamboo which regrow rapidly. The hotel also uses compostable coffee capsules. The writing desks in the room do not have any pens, only pencils can be found in the rooms. The slippers are made from canvas with the sole made from cardboard. The hotel also has its menu and other important information about the hotel displayed on TV rather than having it all printed out. Hyatt has even implemented its Conserve Program whereby linen and towels are changed only after the third night instead of doing so daily.
At a broader property level, it has undertaken measures where its daily utility readings are uploaded on the digital platform of Hygeo, rather than being printed out. LED lighting fixtures across the property have been installed with motion sensors. Condensation water gathered from the hotel is used for irrigation purposes. Fifteen per cent of the hotel’s hot water requirements are also powered by solar energy. Furthermore, it has implemented a robust waste management and segregation programme which begins with a thorough segregation of garbage on all the guest floors. Measures have been implemented to reduce food waste at its F&B outposts as well.
This being the UAE’s Year of Sustainability, with Dubai soon hosting the COP28 summit too, Hyatt has handsomely risen to the occasion of doing its fair share to elevate its sustainability positioning.