In the time of the pandemic, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group continues its efforts to promote responsible travel. In October 2019, it pledged to eliminate all single-use plastic, across its portfolio of luxury hotels, by the end of March 2021.
While the original timing for completion is likely to be impacted by the global effects of Covid-19, this first progress report highlights both the achievements made to date and some of the challenges encountered. It will issue the next progress report in October 2020.
It has committed to eliminating single-use plastic across all areas of the hotels, initially focusing on 60 of the most commonly used single-use items identified by hotels which are estimated to make up 95% of the total number of single-use plastic items used at our hotels. These items have either been eliminated or are in the process of being phased out as current plastic stock is depleted, such as plastic water bottles.
The group is now widening the scope of its work to identify viable eco-alternatives for the remaining single-use plastic items within its properties.