The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) has released
the results of one of its key 2011 environmental initiatives.
The “Say No to Disposable Plastics” saw 30 BHA
member hotels participate, with an average reduction of this type
of plastic from May to November 2012 of 23%, exceeding the set
goal of 20%.
The program encouraged member hotels to replace
disposable plastics - which take hundreds of years to degrade - with
biodegradable plastics and other environmentally friendly
alternatives such as glass.
“This is great news,” said BHA Chairman,
Jean-Charles LeCoz. “When we launched this program in April 2011,
our aim was to see an overall reduction of 20%; the fact that we
have exceeded this is testament to our members’ commitment to
preserving Bali’s natural heritage both as a tourism destination
and for its inhabitants.”
Plastic is one of the major toxic pollutants of
our time, and it is estimated that Bali generates approximately
750,000 kilos of plastic garbage per day, almost 50% more than
For this reason, as part of the “Say No to
Disposable Plastics” campaign, BHA has also encouraged its members
to replace plastic bottles with reusable glass ones.
This year, BHA has announced as its key
environmental initiative the “Clean and Sustainable Water”
campaign. As the association reported in its internal
environmental report earlier this year, Bali hotels have an
obligation to lead the field in making water usage reduction a top
“This is a matter of urgency for all
stakeholders, but particularly hotels,” said Jean-Charles LeCoz.
“With the indigenous population growing and arrivals growing too,
we should ensure that we are not putting the island’s future at
The association is actively pushing a number of
actions among its members, including tracking of water use to
begin monitoring followed by a 5% reduction by June 2013, along
with “best practice” ideas such as mulching and composting;
watering gardens in the mornings and evenings instead of mid-day;
using native plants that require less water rather than imported
ones; reviewing cycling times for laundry; and utilizing
low-consumption tap, shower and toilet features.
Consolidated Water, a company specializing in
reduction and sustainability, has been signed up to produce
high-quality fresh water from seawater by reverse osmosis, further
reducing demands placed on groundwater sources.
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