Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has pledged to eliminate all single-use plastic, across its entire portfolio of luxury hotels, by March of 2021.
The Hong Kong-based company said it's commited to a wider goal of abolishing all single-use plastic currently in use across all operational departments, including rooms, spa, transport, restaurants and bars, "in all areas of the hotel, and not just in the public areas that the customer sees."
An elimination campaign has been underway at all properties. To date, 86% of 23 of the most common items of single-use plastic currently in use across the portfolio have been eliminated or are being phased out in all hotels.
“We recognise that to achieve complete elimination while maintaining our luxury service standards is a challenge, but to drive change we must set ambitious goals,” said James Riley, Mandarin Oriental's chief executive.
Progress reports will be issued every six months highlighting both their achievements and any difficulties encountered, beginning in March 2020.