Red Carnation Hotels has removed 15 commonly used Single Use Plastic (SUP) items from its hotel operations across the world.
The family-owned collection achieved its goal of eliminating the SUPs from all 17 four- and five-star properties in the collection.
This is part of a wider goal set by Red Carnation’s parent company The Travel Corporation (TTC), and its not-for-profit The TreadRight Foundation, to eradicate all SUPs from operations across all its travel brands by 2022.
The removed items have been replaced with sustainable alternatives. These include:
Drinking straws – Compostable paper straws or metal alternatives are now in operation across all hotels in the collection.
Cocktail stirrers – In-house mixologists are now preparing cocktails with reusable cocktail stirrers made from glass, metal, stainless steel and bamboo.
Takeaway coffee cups and lids – Takeaway coffee cups are plastic free and fully compostable, with coffee lids made from fermented corn starch.
Plastic Water Bottles – Plastic water bottles are no longer available in any Red Carnation property. Each hotel has implemented a sustainable water service; either serving filtered water instead of bottled water, or supplying sustainable glass bottles of still and sparkling. All UK properties partner with ethical water supplier Belu which gives 100 per cent of its net profits to its charity partner, WaterAid.
Staff canteen cups and cutlery – The eradication of SUPs extends to each hotels’ back-of-house operations too – all staff canteens are now free from plastic cups and cutlery.
Individual food portions – Breakfast items like cereals, yoghurts and spreads will now be purchased in larger quantities and served in glass bowls, ramekins and jars at the breakfast buffet.
Piping bags in kitchens – The executive chef and kitchen teams at each hotel are now using reusable piping bags made from materials such as silicone or nylon.
Plastic Pens – Pens available in guest rooms and public spaces are made from metal instead of plastic.
Envelopes with plastic windows – Envelopes with plastic windows have been removed from operation at all reception desks and in central offices.
Pedal bin liners – Plastic bin liners are no longer used for individual bins in offices, bathrooms and communal staff areas.
Coasters – Coasters for bedside water glasses or drinks in the bar are now comprised of reusable materials such as cork and leather or recyclable paper.
Linen and towel delivery – All 17 properties have been working with individual laundry partners to ensure laundry is collected and delivered without the use of plastic packaging.
Toothbrushes – For those guests that leave their toothbrush at home, hotel teams will arrange for a toothbrush with a bamboo or wooden handle to be delivered to their room.
Guest dry cleaning bags – Guest laundry will be collected using individual reusable fabric laundry bags which are placed in their room, and laundered items will be returned without plastic packaging.
TV remote control – Sanitised remote controls are no longer placed in plastic bags, instead, a recycled paper wrap is now used to advise guests the remote in their room has been sanitised.