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Accor Quickly Commits to Meet Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Goals

Glenn Hasek

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Goal: To Unite Tourism Sector Behind Common Vision

As reported on Green Lodging News on January 23, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative was officially launched by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The goal of the initiative is to unite the tourism sector behind a common vision to tackle the root causes of plastic pollution, enabling businesses and governments to take joint action.

Participants in the initiative are required to make a set of concrete and actionable commitments by 2025, including to:

  • Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and items by 2025;
  • Take action to move from single-use to reuse models or reusable alternatives by 2025;
  • Engage the value chain to move towards 100 percent of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable;
  • Take action to increase the amount of recycled content across all plastic packaging and items used;
  • Commit to collaborate and invest to increase the recycling and composting rates for plastics; and
  • Report publicly and annually on progress made towards these targets.

It did not take long for a major company to sign on to the cause. This past week, Accor joined the UN Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and committed to remove all single-use plastic items in guest experience from its hotels by the end of 2022.

In addition to its previous commitment to eliminate all plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds, the new commitment includes:

  • The removal of individual plastic toiletry amenities and cups by the end of 2020.
  • The elimination of all remaining single-use plastic items in guestrooms, meeting areas, restaurants and all leisure activities areas (spas, fitness centers, etc.) by the end of 2022.

Single-use plastics are defined as disposable items that are used only once and then discarded. Examples include plastic straws, cotton buds, coffee stirrers, plastic cups, plastic bags for laundry or extra pillows, plastic water bottles, all plastic packaging (for food, welcome products, etc), plastic take-away dishes and tableware, plastic gifts and welcome products (toiletries, slippers, pencils, etc.), and plastic keycards. Relevant alternatives to plastic will be proposed for each specific item, considering Life Cycle Assessments to ensure better environmental performance for the solution proposed to Accor hotels.

Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor, said in an announcement about the commitment: “We are aware of the significant impact we have on our planet and our responsibility to create tangible benefits for our employees, guests, suppliers, partners and host communities. What guides us is the consciousness and social awareness that drives every person who strives to be a good citizen. It’s about being aware, socially conscious and consistent.”

Kudos to Accor for quickly committing to slash its plastics consumption. The impact of the decision will be significant. Also joining the Initiative in its first week was Melco Resorts & Entertainment.

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