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Tue, 1 September 2020

Six Senses Joins Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

Six Senses has joined the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the UN Environment Programme and UN World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

As one of the leading hotel companies dedicated to promoting and operating a sustainable business, Six Senses had committed to:

- Eliminating all plastics from its operations by the year 2022, with priority on single-use plastics and going beyond that to remove 100 percent virgin plastic sourcing;

- Zero Waste to landfill as a general goal for all Six Senses resorts; and

- Continuing its policy of no single-use shampoo and amenity bottles, plastic water bottles and plastic straws.

Six Senses was one of the first hotel companies to replace plastic water bottles with reusable glass bottles. Click to enlarge.

As a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, Six Senses has pledged to:

- Eliminate remaining unnecessary plastic packaging from rooms and bathrooms by 2022;

- Eliminate all unnecessary plastic packaging from service areas by 2022;

- Introduce more reusable solutions in kitchens to replace unnecessary plastic packaging (cling film and plastic packaging of fresh products) by 2022;

- Introduce reusable solutions in service areas (host shops) to replace single use packaging by 2022;

- Source naturally compostable packing and other materials where appropriate;

- Work with suppliers to avoid plastic packaging, source plastic free alternative products, and arrange packaging take-back programs wherever possible;

- Work with other hotels and industry partners to share best practices, supplier recommendations, and other information to help the industry move away from plastic; and

- Sort all waste materials, upcycling or composting when possible on site, sending to offsite recycling where available - all with the aim of zero waste to landfill.

Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Sense Hotels Resorts Spas, said, The travel industry is growing at a rapid rate on a planet that has limited natural resources. That means all hospitality leaders have a responsibility to stand up and be accountable for making a sustainable difference and achieving measurable results. Our health and wellness ethos is around making our guests feel better inside and out, so it makes sense for our social and environmental policies to make them feel good about their choice of vacation and their impact on the ecosystems around them too.

See also: Hotel Waste, Single-Use Plastic and Climate Change - HD Video and Podcast Interview with WWF (October 2018)

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