Hyatt Hotels Corporation is on the “say no to single-use plastics” bandwagon, and its message is getting louder and clearer. By June of 2021, Hyatt promises all its 20 hotel brands globally will:
- Replace individual shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and lotion bottles in guest rooms with large-format bathroom amenities.
- Install new water stations in key public areas to inspire guests to refill water bottles.
- Offer water carafes instead of plastic water bottles for all meetings and events (unless bottled water is specifically requested).
“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,” said Mark Hoplamazian, Hyatt president and CEO. “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.”
These new measures build on Hyatt’s efforts to reduce disposables and select environmentally preferable options whenever possible, except for when single-use bottles are needed for water quality reasons.
Other recent global initiatives have included removing plastic straws and drink picks and increasing the use of compostable, recyclable and recycled-content packaging for to-go food containers.
Some Hyatt properties—Hyatt Regency Delhi and Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, for example—have in-house water bottling plants that reuse glass bottles. Others, such as Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Hyatt Ziva Cancun and Miraval Austin, give guests reusable water bottles at check-in. Filtered water spouts have been installed in all guest rooms at Park Hyatt Istanbul-Macka Palas to provide fresh drinking water.