Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) has
will end the use of single-use plastics across its six hotels in
Singapore, ahead of World Environment Day on 5 June.
the global fight against plastics, the hotel group will not only
help save the environment by cutting out over 260kg of plastics
per month, it will also see savings of nearly $500,000 a year that
would have otherwise been spent on plastics.
hotels – Orchard Hotel, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, M Hotel,
Studio M (pictured), M Social and Copthorne King’s Hotel – will phase out the
use of disposable plastics by June next year (2019) and opt for
greener alternatives. This includes plastic straws, stirrers,
plastic bags, cutlery and toiletry bottles in over 2,600 rooms.
Currently, M Social has replaced plastic
straws with paper ones and are using environmentally-friendly
packaging and cutlery for their ‘Order & Grab’ service.
hotels in the group are following suit to replace plastic straws
and stirrers for room service and at their restaurants. In
addition, Orchard Hotel and Studio M are also planning to use
dispensers in hotel rooms for toiletries for their guests.
Lee Richards, Vice President of Operations (South East Asia), MHR,
said, “While the hotel industry benefits from the convenience of
using plastic products, we see that it has long-lasting adverse
impact on the environment. We have been committed to reducing our
carbon footprint and promoting energy consumption, and we now want
to further these efforts, and eliminate the use of single-use
plastics in our hotels.”
MHR is also asking guests to play a role. For example, the group is planning
to roll out green meeting packages, where water jugs are provided
in place of plastic water bottles, and notepads are made from
recycled paper. Additionally, guests can help in conserving water
and energy, by opting not to have towels and linens changed
These initiatives further strengthen MHR’s commitment
to going green and creating a “zero-waste” hotel operation model.
In 2015, Grand Copthorne Waterfront was one of Singapore’s first
hotels to partner the government’s food waste recycling programme
by the National Environment Agency (NEA). By installing a food
waste digester, Grand Copthorne Waterfront turns food waste into
water that is used to water plants, wash the bin centre as well as
common areas on the hotel grounds.
All six hotels currently have achieved the
Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark
certification, with Grand Copthorne Waterfront and Copthorne
King’s receiving the Platinum title, the highest tier in the
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