Hyatt takes a step forward towards plastic-free service

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced a series of initiatives that will work to reduce waste at its properties globally, including the introduction large-format bathroom amenities and a reduction in single-use water bottles by June 2021.

The following initiatives will be introduced as soon as possible in properties around the world, and no later than June 2021: Transitioning to large-format bathroom amenities to replace traditional small bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and lotion; increasing the number of water stations in key public spaces at hotels for guests who wish to refill reusable water bottles; and serving water in carafes or other containers for meetings and events, available by request.

“At Hyatt, our purpose – we care for people so they can be their best – guides all business decisions, including our global sustainability framework, which focuses on using resources responsibly and helping address today’s most pressing environmental issues,” president and CEO, Hyatt Mark Hoplamazian stressed. “Plastic pollution is a global issue, and we hope our efforts will motivate guests, customers and, indeed, ourselves to think more critically about our use of plastic.”

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These new initiatives represent a significant step in Hyatt’s global sustainability programme and underscore Hyatt’s commitment to wellbeing. As promoted in Hyatt’s landmarks of wellbeing – Feel, Fuel and Function – proper hydration is essential to living well. Offering increased access to water stations across Hyatt hotels around the world will ensure guests will have hydration choices that align with both their wellbeing and sustainability priorities while traveling.

Transitioning to large-format bathroom amenities and reducing single-use water bottles builds on Hyatt’s broader commitment to reduce disposables and select environmentally preferable options whenever possible, with the exception of when single-use bottles are needed for water quality reasons.

Other recent global initiatives have included removing plastic straws and drink picks and making alternative options available only by request at Hyatt hotels, and increasing the use of compostable, recyclable, or recycled content packaging for to-go food containers.