The Caravelle hotel in Saigon has launched a
refillable glass bottle programme, part of the hotel's ongoing
efforts to reduce its environmental footprint.
From now on, plastic water bottles will no
longer be provided in guest rooms or meeting rooms. They have been
replaced with reusable glass bottles custom-made in Vietnam for
the Caravelle and filled with filtered water. Each guest corridor now features a refill
station, where visitors can top up their bottle, while every other
floor has been outfitted with a staff refill station for the
property's housekeepers to use for replenishing daily for guests.
Michael Robinson, the Caravelle's General
Manager, said that work on the initiative began four months ago,
and took some time to perfect since Vietnam has no formal plastic
"We were really trying to find a way to be able
to remove plastic bottles from guest rooms and replace it with
something recycled," he said. "There is no company or system in
place, so we realized we had to do it ourselves."
Through a few rounds of trial-and-error, the
Caravelle's team settled on a bottle design and perfected their
water filtration system.
"We received certification from the local
authorities that the water is safe for consumption," Mr. Robinson
said. "We had a few rounds of tests and the system is cleared and
healthy to provide drinking water. We have all the necessary
documentation and we will re-test regularly."
The hotel currently has 2,000 glass bottles in
stock, and expects to save 200,000 plastic bottles, equal to seven
tons of plastic, per year moving forward.
Hotel Waste, Single-Use Plastic and Climate Change - Interview