Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts celebrates its 25th anniversary with over 25% reduction of single-use plastic in a year

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts celebrates its 25th Anniversary and Earth Day 2019 with over 25% group-wide reduction of single-use plastic in a year. The Group announced a pledge against single-use plastic in support of Earth Day 2018 theme End Plastic Pollution. Within a year, this declaration has inspired the change across its 48 hotels worldwide and successfully eliminated 4.2 million single-use plastic items, equating to a significant 26% reduction in total usage.

Championing 25 years of sustainable development since its inception in 1994, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has pioneered the journey of stewardship in its commitment towards the environment and communities 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 (-28%), 1.3 million plastic straws (-51%) replaced with paper, steel and bamboo straws, 1.28 million plastic bottles (-28% water bottles and -63% soft drink bottles), cocktail stirrers (-58%) and plastic-wrapped mini-bar items (-72%).

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 said, “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. Looking at the links between human activities, plastic pollution and biodiversity loss with environmental degradation, this presents a unique opportunity for our Group to impact and drive change on global plastic consumption amongst our stakeholders especially the suppliers. As a pioneer with ongoing stewardship in sustainability, the Group remains committed to our pledge to eliminate single-use plastic and continue to embed climate change within our sustainability efforts and projects.”

This year, in line with Earth Day 2019 theme Protect Our Species, Banyan Tree reinforces its efforts to safeguard the natural environment and biodiversity. With many resorts located in eco-sensitive and protected areas, the Group is dedicated to conserving the environment.

Highlighting the power of responsible tourism to promote positive change, Banyan Tree continually educates and involve guests, associates and the community to actively do their part for the environment. This is achieved by driving activities including community clean-ups, sustainability talks on the environment, etc. The Group also marked Earth Hour 2019 by engaging close to 15,000 people in 43 properties worldwide, leading to energy savings of over 5,000 kWh – enough to power a four-bedroom public housing unit in Singapore for 13 months.