I predicted other hotel groups would follow soon enough, and now Hyatt has made a similar announcement (and then some).
Hyatt has today announced a series of initiatives to reduce waste at Hyatts globally, which should be implemented as soon as possible, but no later than by June 2021. These changes include the following:
- Transitioning to large-format bathroom amenities to replace traditional small bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and lotion
- Increasing the number of water stations in key public spaces at hotels for guests who wish to refill reusable water bottles
- Serving water in carafes or other containers for meetings and events; bottled water will be available by request
As Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian describes the change:
“At Hyatt, our purpose – we care for people so they can be their best – guides all business decisions, including our global sustainability framework, which focuses on using resources responsibly and helping address today’s most pressing environmental issues. Plastic pollution is a global issue, and we hope our efforts will motivate guests, customers and, indeed, ourselves to think more critically about our use of plastic.”
In addition to these global efforts, Hyatt highlights that some hotels have already taken further steps towards sustainability, including:
- In-house water bottling plants that reuse glass bottles and replace single-use bottles. Hotels with this solution currently include Alila Villas Koh Russey, Alila Manggis, Alila Ubud, Alila Villas Uluwatu, Alila Bangsar, Alila Jabal Akhdar, Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa, Hyatt Regency Delhi, Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo and Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.
- Reusable bottles distributed to all guests at check-in at resorts such as Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Miraval Arizona and Miraval Austin.
- Filtered water spouts installed in all guest rooms at Park Hyatt Istanbul – Macka Palas to provide fresh drinking water.
As I said when IHG and Marriott made these announcements, this is a change I’m fully in support of, and that’s something I’ve evolved on over time. We’re talking about millions of plastic bottles being wasted, and that just seems silly.
Do I like little toiletry bottles? Sure, who doesn’t? But I also think this is the right move.
Obviously there’s also some cost savings for hotels here, and I’m sure they don’t mind that. Regardless, it’s the right thing to do, in my opinion.
I like that Hyatt is taking this a step further and plans to install water stations throughout hotels, allowing guests to hydrate with reusable bottles.
What do you make of this move from Hyatt?