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Mandarin Oriental continues to replace single-use plastics

By Sarah Todd

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By Sarah Todd

08 January 2021

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The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (MOHG) is continuing its progress in eliminating single-use plastic across its portfolio, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic having led to hotel closures and low occupancies, slowing the depletion of existing stocks of plastic products.

In October 2019, the group pledged to eliminate all single-use plastic across its portfolio of 33 luxury properties – in all areas of its operation including bedrooms, spa, restaurants and bars – by the end of March 2021.

This timeline may now be extended due to the coronavirus, but according to an update the Group has so far eliminated an average of 70% of the 60 common single-use plastic items used by hoteliers.

Glass and aluminum bottled water will be the standard across the MOHG portfolio

Alongside this, items completely removed and replaced with eco-alternatives include cocktail sticks, straws, body scrubs, plastic spatulas and takeaway bags.

The Group states that hygiene and the ‘highest sanitary standards’ can be maintained without single-use non reusable plastics and has been offering guests ‘We Care’ packages that include reusable fabric face masks.

“Whilst our ambitious timeline to eliminate all single-use plastic from our premises by the end of March 2021 may have to be adjusted as a consequence of the pandemic, we are making good progress. I am proud that, despite the current challenging conditions, our colleagues have wholly embraced this task to deliver on the group’s sustainability responsibilities.”

James Riley, Group chief executive, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Pilot tests to trial wall-mounted dispensers to replace small plastic toiletry containers have been successfully completed and, in most cases, are being installed across the MOHG portfolio. Hotels are working with luxury brands such as Diptyque to fill dispensers with chemical-free products.

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