Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts celebrated its 25th Anniversary recently with over 25 per cent group-wide reduction of single-use plastic in a year. 

Within a year it has successfully eliminated 4.2 million single-use plastic items, equating to a significant 26 per cent reduction in total usage.

The group has underlined its commitment towards the environment through its philosophy of “Embracing the Environment, Empowering People”. The first year saw the strategic reduction of 31 commonly used plastic products, particularly 1 million plastic bags, 1.3 million plastic straws replaced with paper, steel and bamboo straws, 1.28 million plastic bottles, cocktail stirrers and plastic-wrapped minibar items.

Aimed to be launched this year towards overall plastic reduction, the Group’s lifestyle retail arm – Banyan Tree Gallery is developing sustainable alternatives for its range of guests’ amenities such as cotton buds, combs and toothbrushes. Dr Steve Newman, assistant vice president/group sustainability director, says, “This is a positive first step in the right direction, considering the magnitude of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts’ ultimate plastic-free goal. The hospitality and tourism industry as a whole is a major consumer of this planet’s resources, often providing one-time use products on mass scales.”