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The hospitality industry is looking for sustainable guest amenity solutions, and our industry needs to evolve quickly to provide these solutions. There are so many small details to consider and many ways to tackle this challenge. Exciting times.
Single use plastics, both those that are not recyclable and those that are not recycled, have devastated our oceans and rivers. This needs to change.
There is no silver bullet that provides an immediate fix to the problem, every one of us needs to start a journey made up of thousands of small changes that when put together make a significant impact on the waste we produce – our journey has started.
We have helped many of our customers move over to dispenser systems, large plastic bottles and glass bottles. At the same time, many of our customers are very concerned about the hygiene aspects of these systems, extra housekeeping time and the various other challenges that come with large sized bottles.
For these customers, we have implemented a very exciting change.
By the end of 2020, ALL of our travel sized guest amenity bottles will be made from 100% recycled PET (rPET). This will see us cut the use of “virgin” PET to zero by the end of 2020. Not only will no new plastic enter the system, the current increase in demand for rPET is pushing the recycling industry to reclaim more material before it’s lost to the system.
This is already well underway, and we are on track to meet 50% of this target by March 2020; with many of our stock ranges currently being converted to this material.
We also acknowledge that regardless of whether the bottle is 30ml, 200ml or 500ml it still needs to be recycled if made from recyclable material. These rPET bottles are 100% recyclable and we have started working with customers to return bottles to our factory for recycling – more news on this program to follow.
This change is not the only solution, nor the perfect solution; it is one of the many small steps we intend to take on this journey. Watch this space.