Minimizing Plastic Waste for a Premium Hotel Experience

The hospitality industry is taking significant strides towards a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly experience for travelers. The changes are a response to the 90% of consumers who prioritize sustainability according to Expedia Group Media Solutions. As environmental concerns take center stage, many hotels are aiming to go plastic-free. From reimagining guest experiences to implementing innovative solutions, the shift towards greater sustainability is shaping the future of luxury hospitality.

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics Key Cards

As efforts increase to cut down on single-use plastics, hotels are finding new and innovative alternatives to the typical plastic key card. By using wood-based and 100% biodegradable cards, or electronic copies that can be added to a smartphone’s e-wallet, hotels can reduce their carbon footprint while adding a sustainable and luxurious feel to the customer experience.

Offering Sustainable Amenities

Single-use amenities such as toothbrushes or personal-sized shampoo and conditioner bottles are being swapped for sustainable options. Refillable dispensers can be added to bathrooms to cut down on the plastic containers being thrown away each night. When personal-sized toiletries are needed, offering biodegradable, renewable, or reusable packaging can help lower a hotel’s footprint. Guests will remember a premium, refillable toiletry brand more than a generic, mini bottle that will pollute for centuries.

Eliminating Plastic Straws

Several hotels are reducing their plastic waste by eliminating the use of plastic straws throughout their rooms, restaurants, and buffets. The options are now endless. Paper or wheat single-use straws offer a simple, single-use alternative while reusable straw use is also on the rise. Hotels can save millions of plastic straws from being used each year. 

Enhance the experience further with less plastic by offering glass drinkware instead of single-use plastic cups.

Carry Boxed Water™ Cartons

Boxed Water™ partners with several hotels across the country and offers a renewable alternative to customers who need water on the go. The cartons are made with 92% plant-based materials and are 100% recyclable. 

Customers love having the distinctive Boxed Water cartons available for purchase in a hotel lobby or as a complimentary item in their room. Additionally, many hotels are adding water stations for guests who wish to refill and reuse. The water is available through an online wholesale program or food service distributors throughout the U.S. 

“I love that I can offer our hotel guests water without the guilt of creating more plastic litter in the world,” said Kerri Frantz, General Manager of The Society Hotel in Portland, OR. 

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In today’s evolving landscape, hotels are at the forefront of embracing sustainable practices. When traveling, guests want to feel immersed in a world of sustainable luxury. Each touchpoint matters. By minimizing plastic waste and making eco-friendly choices, hotels are not only enhancing guest experiences but also taking meaningful steps towards preserving the environment.