Hilton takes the last straw out of its hotels


Plastic straws are one of the major contributors to ocean pollution. Source: Garett Mizunaka / Unsplash

HILTON plans to eradicate single-use plastic from each of its Asia Pacific hotels by the end of 2018.

Last month, Marriott and Intercontinental Hotel Group announced plans to replace miniature toiletry bottles with fixed refillable bottles. Now Hilton hotel group is joining the fight against plastic.

Hilton plans to replace plastic straws and plastic bottles in its conference and event spaces with sustainable alternatives.

The latest announcement is in keeping with the company’s commitment to decrease its environmental footprint and pioneer positive social impact around the globe by 2030.

What’s the plan?

Hilton is also dedicated to supporting smaller and local supplier’s and aims to double its investment in programs which benefit women and children around the world.

The initiatives form part of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose strategy alongside the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda.

“As a global hospitality company operating more than 5,300 hotels in over 100 countries and territories, we are committed to having a positive impact on the communities we operate our hotels in,” Hilton Executive Vice President & Regional President Asia Pacific Alan Watts said.

Instead of ignoring issues of using plastic on a mass scale, Hilton understands it is a problem but also identifies a solution – just stop using it.

“We believe waste is a solvable problem,” added Watts.

“By focusing first on plastic straws and plastic bottled water, we take another step forward in our journey to ensure that the destinations where travelers work, relax, learn and explore our vibrant and resilient for future generations to come.”

How else is Hilton helping the planet?

Offsetting its carbon footprint

Hilton has over 50 hotels in the Asia Pacific region, each of them are enrolled in the Clean Air Program.

The program aims to offset carbon emission produced by conferences and events. Since the program’s launch in 2015, Hilton has offset 14,118 tonnes of carbon, at no extra cost to guests.

Using less water

There is no way to regulate the water consumption of guests in their private rooms; a water monitor might spoil the luxury experience.

However, Hilton has found other ways to reduce water waste and recorded a 15.1 percent reduction in water use intensity.

Soap recycling

Millions of tonnes of soap go to waste each year through half used toiletries.

Hilton is working with charities to ensure the wasted soap from properties in China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vietnam, and Singapore is recycled and goes to those in need.

These are just a handful of the initiatives Hilton is already committed to, and its efforts haven’t gone unnoticed.

“The World Tourism Organization commends Hilton’s focus on sustainability,” World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said.

“Hilton has been our partner in this endeavor, raising awareness among customers with examples of best practices for the hospitality industry.”

Additionally, Hilton partnered with Room to Read to improve child literacy and support girls’ education in India and Sri Lanka.

Hilton’s efforts have already impacted more than 70,000 young people since 2012.

This included the introduction of its Job Shadowing Programme to provide hundreds of girls with exposure to various career opportunities within the hospitality industry.

So, whether you’re traveling on business or for leisure, you can sleep easy knowing you’re staying with a brand that not only cares about its customers but for the planet and the less fortunate too.