Whitbread, owner of the Premier Inn brand and
operator of hundreds of restaurants in the UK, has unveiled plans to
eliminate the use of unnecessary single-use plastics by 2025.
To achieve this, Whitbread is
carrying out a review of plastic and packaging across its supply
chain and will work with suppliers to find alternatives to
unnecessary single-use items.
Whitbread already has a well-established track-record of minimising the use of single-use plastics.
Last year it became
one of the first companies to ditch the use of plastic straws and stirrers,
while Premier Inn has never used
miniature shower products.
Once realised, the latest move will mean the
removal of hundreds of millions of pieces of unnecessary
single-use plastic, including instantly recognisable
consumer-facing products such as sauce sachets, and crucially,
behind-the-scenes plastics such as food and textile
unnecessary products will be eliminated. Those which are still
deemed necessary, such as in-room single
portions of milk, will be reviewed in order to be reduced,
replaced with recyclable alternatives or made from recycled
plastic where possible.
Premier Inn Managing Director, Simon Ewins,
said, “As with any meaningful commitment to change
– it won’t happen overnight but we’re unwavering in our belief
that eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics is absolutely the
right thing to do for our business, our guests and the
Hotel Waste, Single-Use Plastic and Climate Change - Interview