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Six Senses vows to be plastic-free by 2022

It’s a win for tourism and a win for the environment

Who says nothing good can happen in 2020? One of our favourite hotel groups, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas have just announced that they are one of the very first signatories of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the UN Environment Programme and UN World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

So what steps do they plan on taking? Well, realising that banning the use of single-use plastic was only the first step, they have vowed to focus on upstream suppliers, use innovative solutions and to use their platform to promote the use of alternative fabrics across all their platforms.

On signing Global Tourism Plastics initiative, Six Senses pledges to:

  • Eliminating remaining unnecessary plastic packaging from our rooms and bathrooms by 2022.
  • Eliminating all unnecessary plastic packaging from service areas by 2022.
  • Introducing more reusable solutions in kitchens to replace unnecessary plastic packaging (cling film and plastic packaging of fresh products) by 2022.
  • Introducing reusable solutions in service areas (host shops) to replace single use packaging by 2022.
  • Sourcing naturally compostable packing and other materials where appropriate.
  • Working with suppliers to avoid plastic packaging, source plastic free alternative products, and arrange packaging take-back programs wherever possible.
  • Working with other hotels and industry partners to share best practices, supplier recommendations, and other information to help the industry move away from plastic.
  • Sorting 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, chief executive officer of Six Sense Hotels Resorts Spas said this of the recent signing: “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.”

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