As the effects of global warming are becoming more and more present around the world, hotels have begun to adopt a #plasticfree lifestyle, trying to minimize the impact of their work on nature. Recently, big companies have begun to pay more attention to this issue: biofuel used as kerosene replacement, biodegradable or sustainable alternatives to plastic, or reduction of consumerism by promoting a minimalist lifestyle.
Here are a list of famous hotels that take this matter very seriously.
Six Senses Maldives Laamu
The Six Senses Hotels have come with their Plastic Free 2022 initiative by reinventing the plastic materials they use, and finding alternative solutions for using less plastic. Six Senses Maldives Laamu is a 5-star resort in the south of the Maldives Islands, surrounded by turquoise waters and white sand, being the only complex on the Laamu Atoll. This resort seeks to use recyclable materials and long-lasting biodegradable products. Glass bottles or bamboo toothbrushes wrapped in corn starch packaging, and 100% degradable products are just some of the elements that Six Senses Maldives Laamu uses in its resort. Plastic pollution is a global issue, but especially in the Maldives, where there are limited possibilities to recycle disposable plastic, which eventually gets into the ocean and then into the food. Reducing the use of plastic and waste is the goal of this project, as it is a much easier alternative than transporting the plastic from the middle of the ocean to another location that has a recycling system.
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
#freeplasticjuly was also adopted by Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, not just in July, but rather for the whole year. All plastic bottles have been removed from rooms and the gym, and the plastic toothbrushes have been replaced with biodegradable ones.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
The Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Resort in Vietnam has 59 villas, all with panoramic ocean views, offering various activities for tourists: interactive workshops on how to make your own chemical-free detergent, planting tours and water treatment stations to raise awareness and inspire people to make sustainable choices.
Located in the heart of nature, among palm trees and overlooking the ocean, the Alia Mangiss Resort in Bali has its own organic waste composting system and strict zero-waste policy. The location contributes to the sustainable development of the resort and the island, transforming the plastic into organic oil that can be combined with diesel, petrol or kerosene and used in the spring activities at the resort. The eco-friendly water bottling system and bamboo straw are among the favorites of tourists.
Six Senses Kaplankaya
If you want to feel that when you travel you’re contributing to the development of environmental projects, then Six Senses Kaplankaya in Bodrum is the perfect resort. 0.5% of the revenue generated by the resort is directed to environmental projects and the local community. The resort’s garden is maintained with compost from organic waste, only eco-friendly cleaning products are used, and even office papers get recycled after use.
The initiatives of #freeplastic can also be found at the Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. Upon arrival, guests get the title of “Soneva Changemakers”, in an attempt to raise even more aweaness on the matter.