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Hotel Brands Leading the Sustainability Charge

by Erich Martin

Sep 7, 2019

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Environmental sustainability has continued to gain prominence in industries all over the world. Restaurants look to avoid plastic lids and straws, airlines work to reduce overall waste and hotels and resorts work to reduce their impact.


In early August, InterContinental Hotel Group announced an initiative to reduce its carbon footprint by removing miniature toiletries. The brand plans to replace all of the small toiletries with bulk versions. The process will begin in 2021.


Nationwide, IHG is bringing the change to more than 843,000 guestrooms. IHG goes through roughly 200 million miniatures each year.


Greenvacations.com, a website resource for finding sustainability during travel, breaks down a few major eco-friendly hotel chains.


Fairmont Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels and Kimpton Hotels all get a shout out due to the sustainability measures each undertakes. For example, Hilton accomplished a 10 percent reduction in water waste and a 20 percent reduction in waste production in recent years.


Fairmont Hotels goes above and beyond in terms of energy consciousness by employing heat recycling and green roofs.


Check out the website for a quick and basic rundown on which hotel brands and other travel industry leaders are working toward the future of sustainability.



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