“Game over for disposable plastic” is what Gabriel Escarrer, chief executive of Meliá Hotels International declared when announcing that the company will replace all single-use plastics with biodegradable or environmentally-friendly alternatives in all its hotels by the end of 2018.
Plastic bottles, cups, bags, straws and coasters will be placed by reusable items, with a consistent reduction of the CO2 emissions generated by waste disposal per year. This action will not only reduce significantly the plastic pollution of the company, but raise awareness of the issue among the over 30 million guests the company receives every year.
Escarrer said: “Tourism business depends on the sustainability of destinations and hotels and resorts need to actively contribute to preserve the environment. We want our brand to be pioneer of sustainability”
“Combatting climate change and reducing emissions has been part of our strategy for years, with well-established energy efficiency programmes in hotels and agreements with suppliers regarding the exclusive use of renewable energy.
“The company has also taken further steps toward combating climate change by assuming the commitments defined at the Paris Climate Summit.”