Hotels giant Hilton has announced a major sustainability drive, eliminating the use of 20 million plastic bottles and five million plastic straws globally. The commitment forms part of Hilton’s new global 2030 targets to halve its environmental footprint and double social impact investment.
Hilton will remove plastic water bottles from meetings and events in hotels across the EMEA region. It will also remove plastic straws from its 650 managed properties by the end of 2018, and in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) alone, the commitment will remove more than five million plastic straws and 20 million plastic water bottles annually.
The hotel chain will offer a paper or biodegradable alternative to straws upon request – an effort the company plans to implement globally across its hotels by the end of 2018. Simon Vincent, executive vice president and president, EMEA, Hilton said: “Extending a ban on plastic straws across our managed portfolio is an important move in the right direction and one which we are committed to building on in the coming years.”
Christopher Nassetta, president and chief executive, Hilton, and Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council, added: “In this Golden Age of Travel, we are taking a leadership role to ensure that the destinations where travellers work, relax, learn and explore are vibrant and resilient for generations of adventurers yet to come.”
To recognise this announcement, Hilton unveiled an image of a sculpture at the Hilton London Tower Bridge depicting monuments dominating the global skyline – the Eiffel Tower, Burj Khalifa, the Gherkin and the Shard. The sculpture is made out of 10,000 Hilton straws, recycled from its UK hotels.