IHG Makes Massive Commitment to Reduce Global
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced that
it will remove plastic straws from its global estate of more than
5,400 hotels in nearly 100 countries, by the end of 2019.
straws have already been removed from nearly 1,000 hotels in IHG's
Europe, Middle East, Asia & Africa (EMEAA) region and the company
is also introducing bulk-size bathroom amenities to several hotel
brands in the Americas, as part of its broader efforts to reduce
Keith Barr, CEO, IHG, said, “IHG is in
almost 100 countries and we touch the lives of millions of people
each day. This gives us a responsibility to protect the
environment and an opportunity to make a real difference. There is
always more we can do to minimise waste, but the work we’re doing
to reduce single-use plastic is a powerful example of how we can
come together with guests, owners and colleagues to drive positive
IHG's decision to remove plastic straws from its
properties around the world will
each year eliminate about 50 million single-use plastic straws from
more than 5,400 IHG-branded hotels. Laid end-to-end, the
straws IHG removes would span some 10,500 kilometres – stretching
from New York to Tokyo. The removal of plastic drinking straws
will be implemented through a global brand standard, with
biodegradable alternatives to be made available.
Madhu Rajesh, Director, the International Tourism Partnership
(ITP), said, “IHG’s committed action to reduce plastic waste
demonstrates its ability to be a force for good in local
communities around the world. With initiatives like these, and
through close collaboration, the hotel and tourism industry can
continue to lead the way in setting clear and quantifiable
commitments that improve sustainability. This was central to ITP’s
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which supports the UN
Sustainable Development Goals and allows our industry to be at the
forefront of sustainable growth.”
Bathroom Amenities in the Americas
IHG is also introducing bulk-size
bathroom amenities across several brands in the Americas.
Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood
Suites brands are all increasing their adoption of larger-size
dispensers. EVEN Hotels and avid hotels brands have included
bulk-size amenities since they were launched, while Kimpton Hotels &
Restaurants began rolling them out last year.
The company is moving away from miniature bathroom amenities,
and is currently working
with different suppliers to see who can help the company retain
the necessary quality and luxury across its other brands.
As part of its longer-term plans, IHG already has a number of other waste reduction efforts already
underway around the world:
partnerships with Clean the World in the Americas and Soap for
Hope in Asia, nearly 450 IHG-branded hotels have collectively
prevented nearly 200,000 kg of soap from going to waste. Instead
of heading to landfill, the soap has been recycled into nearly
three million new bars for redistribution to communities who need
it the most.
- IHG Green Engage system, a well-established
online sustainability programme, recommends ways for IHG branded
hotels worldwide to manage their waste more effectively. This
includes guidance on how they can handle, store, recycle and
dispose of waste both on and off-site, to minimise environmental
impact and costs.
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