If you have been following our social media platforms, you’ll know that this month is #PlasticFreeJuly, and to top it off we wanted to end it with a blog to summarise what we have shared, learned and implemented so that you can do it too – because plastic free changes don’t have to stay in July!
(We made an infographic for more ideas that we didn't go as far into detail below!)
The first issue in hospitality is that single use plastic has been used widely among the industry, with single use bathroom products in hotels, to the plastic sauce sachets in restaurants. However things are changing! A lot of companies are now ruling out single-use plastic as an option and are swapping to reusable or biodegradable products.
If you wish to make these changes, we’d suggest refillable soaps, shampoos and conditioners in your guest’s rooms, and swapping the sachets for bottles. Also, with people now using reusable bottles, rather than offering plastic bottles in the bedrooms, perhaps swap them with glasses to fill with the rooms’ water, and even offer a refilling station in your reception area. Refill stations are becoming more popular, and can be located through an app that you can find here – not only will this allow guests and passer-by’s to refill their bottle and save the environment, but it will also promote your hotel to the ethical standards a lot of people are looking for these days!
Try to encourage your staff to learn about the effects of plastic and give them reusable coffee cups as a nice incentive! For example, did you know that restaurants can use at least 50+ miles worth of cling film per year in the kitchens? Teach your staff about the benefits of switching to reusable containers, beeswax wraps and the importance of food waste reduction – this could not only save food and plastic waste, but could also save you money in the long run.
And we can’t forget about retail! A lot of shops are now switching to paper bags, so try to implement that into your workplace (and lifestyle) where possible.
It is hard to change habits, especially when the use of plastic has been such a constant and familiar concept to us, and cutting that out immediately can be really difficult. We’re all going to need a plastic bottle on the days we forget our own, but the most important step is the first one – keep trying with the small and easier shifts and your contribution will make a difference!
Do you have any more plastic reduction tips for hospitality and home? Let us know in the comments below!