Mandarin Oriental to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic by March 2021

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group says it will eliminate all single-use plastic, across its entire portfolio of luxury hotels, by the end of March 2021.

While the travel industry has already made great strides towards the removal of plastic straws and single-use drinking bottles, Mandarin Oriental says it will abolish all single-use plastic currently in use across all operational departments, including rooms, spa, transport, restaurants and bars.

To achieve this, an elimination campaign has been underway for some time at all properties. Having completed a thorough stock inventory, Mandarin Oriental identified 23 of the most common items of single-use plastic currently in use across the portfolio. To date, 86 percent of these initial items have been eliminated or are being phased out in all hotels. Now, the Group is ready to make a firm commitment towards total elimination.

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Mandarin Oriental is also collaborating with its suppliers to drive responsible procurement and provide alternative products that are both viable and suitable for the luxury hotel environment. 

All hotels have clearly defined annual goals to address these issues and, in order to remain accountable to guests, colleagues and the wider community, progress reports will be issued every six months highlighting both their progress and any difficulties encountered. The first report which will be published at the end of March 2020.

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