Hotels are getting serious about the environment and 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts has pledged to eliminate single-use plastic from its hotel rooms and outlets, and make a more concerted effort to reduce its environmental footprint, increase CSR activities and review its sustainable purchasing options.

The luxury hotel owner and management company currently operates two 5-star hotels in Thailand – one in Bangkok, the other in Chiang Mai.

Chris Stafford, COO of 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts, said: “A day does not go by without us learning more about the damage that plastic, especially single-use plastic, has on the environment. 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts has long had a strong sustainable policy and we are now taking that to the next level. It’s vital as a company, and as human beings, that the impact we have on the environment is as minimal as possible. What we are doing won’t solve the global problem, but if we all play our part and take responsibility for our choices, then we will eventually overcome this and create a better world for future generations.”

The award-winning hotel has been widely praised for its many different environmentally-friendly initiatives. For example, for the past two years 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai has concentrated on reducing the amount of waste it generates and it now separates, recycles and sells any waste paper, cardboard, glass, plastic waste and aluminium.

Almost all organic waste from the gardens is either made into compost or turned into biochar – charcoal that is added back into the compost to make it richer and more nourishing for plants. The compost is then used to make the landscaped gardens and grounds even more lush and beautiful. The property also has an ever-expanding vegetable and herb garden which produces more and more of the delicious food used in the restaurant and bar.