Plastic Reduction and Elimination

The challenge

Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing threats to the environment and our wellbeing. Single use plastics take a few seconds to produce, a few minutes to use, but hundreds of years to break down.

Our Approach

We track 31 categories of plastic including bags, bottles, straws, gloves, caps, cotton buds, cling film, pastry piping bags, tapes, coffee capsules, condiments, candies and wrappers. Our first steps are to reduce use, replace with biodegradable alternatives, and target the elimination of plastic straws, bottles and bags at all our properties.

Our Goal

Reduce and ultimately eliminate single use plastic.

Our Progress

Compared to a 2017 baseline, single-use plastic has been reduced by 42%, with almost 5 million less pieces of plastic used in 2019, and almost 10 million pieces of plastic prevented from going to landfill since 2018.

We support our efforts with collaborative community cleans ups to remediate and cleanse natural systems, and support a shift from a single use disposable society.

The greatest plastic reductions achieved were at Angsana Villas Phuket (93.9%), Angsana Riads (93.3%), Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru (90.2%), Angsana Ihuru (89.5%) and Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel (83.6%).

Items reduced the most were plastic aprons (92%), stir sticks (91%), disposable plates (89%), straws (88%), laundry bags (88%) and soft drink bottles (80%).

These reductions were achieved despite plastic use from five new properties (Dhawa Jinshanling, Angsana Zhuhai, Angsana Xishuangbanna, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur and Pavillion Hotel Kuala Lumpur). At the same time, Angsana Fuxian Lake was closed. Data were unavailable for Macau (closed at time of reporting due to COVID-19) and Jiuzhaigou (closed in 2019).