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Tourists want hotels to cut back on plastics used in hotel rooms

Interested in the hospitality and leisure sector’s eco-intentions, Taxi2Airport.com surveyed 1,528 Brits to discover the commonly used plastic items in hotels they would most like to see fully replaced with environmentally friendly options.

Taxi2Airport found that Brits would most like hotels to replace plastic carrier bags/plastic bin bags with compostable bags/reusable carrier bags (e.g. cotton/linen etc.)/paper bags (85%). Thereafter, 79% would appreciate hotels taking the initiative to stop using plastic water bottles and instead provide water in refillable glass/aluminium bottles. Interestingly, worn for the purpose of establishing full or half board status – 68% support the idea of a woven rather than plastic wristband.

Additionally, half of Brits (50%) believe plastic door hangers (e.g. please do not disturb/please clean my room sign) should be substituted for wooden/bamboo made door hangers. 66% would opt for hotels that use and provide wooden/bamboo pens over plastic pens.

Yoon Sterkenburg, cofounder of Taxi2Airport.com, commented: “Hotels can be the key drivers within the hospitality and leisure sector to adopt and promote ecofriendly initiatives. With

plastic being heavily relied upon for numerous aspects within hotels, its use can be significantly cut down. Especially considering the detrimental impact plastic is having on the environment.”

“This research certainly shows the frequently used plastic items in hotels that Brits would most like to see substituted for a sustainable/environmentally friendly version. The findings are encouraging for hotels with serious intentions to decrease their plastic consumption but worried about the impact it will have on the level of service they provide, as well as overall customer satisfaction, by doing so. The key takeaway for hotels is that reducing plastic use is a valuable practice.”


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