27 Jan 2021 • Make Travel Matter
Red Carnation Hotels paves the way for a more sustainable, plastic-free future.
Integral to our broad plan for a more sustainable future is our mission to eliminate single-use plastic from every one of Red Carnation Hotels. Here, our Managing Director, Jonathan Raggett and Michelle Devlin, General Manager of The Egerton House Hotel, share how we’re succeeding in our goal. Casting aside plastic straws and single-serve breakfast items is but the tip of the iceberg…
Our pledge against plastic
As a global leader in hospitality, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection believes it’s our responsibility to do everything in our power to support sustainability. Social responsibility not only champions the environment, but also makes good business sense. Guests are more likely to choose high-end hotels and restaurants with strong sustainability credentials. As part of The Travel Corporation, we are proud of the global initiative to do all we can to protect the planet.
Rolling out Red Carnation Hotels’ plan
We have 17 hotels at the moment, by the end of 2020 there will be 20. Our properties are located across the world and there are various local sustainability initiatives in place at each location. However, we have ensured that each is on the same track regarding single-use plastic. Our bartenders no longer mix drinks with plastic stirrers, takeaway beverages are never served in disposable plastic cups, and plastic piping bags are a thing of the past. We have removed from our hotels 30 single-use plastic items, from bin liners and water bottles to pens and toothbrushes.
We are using innovative alternatives to guarantee our signature five-star service, such as biodegradable pasta drinking straws and reusable cocktail stirrers made from glass, metal, stainless steel and bamboo. Grab a cappuccino-to-go from any Red Carnation Hotel and it will be served in a compostable cup, with the lid made from fermented corn starch.
Gone are the days of single-use jam and butter pots. Red Carnation Hotels’ breakfast buffet has undergone a comprehensive plastic-free makeover. Our cereals and preserves are served in glass jars, while butter is presented artfully in ceramic dishes. A major undertaking, this work has been replicated in our staff areas - and it’s something that households and other hospitality providers can implement, too.
Handing out plastic water bottles to guests leaving for a day excursion or going jogging is expected at five-star establishments. But we now provide glass bottles instead and guests returning from a run are invited to rehydrate with a freshly squeezed juice at the bar or in their room.
All of the eggs that we use are free-range, which tells a story about the sourcing of our ingredients and our concern for animal welfare. Similarly, The English Grill at The Rubens at The Palace sources its meat from a responsible London-based butcher; enabling our chef to procure the best quality cuts while providing diners with confidence that the meat they are served has been reared in accordance with best farming practice. The largest living wall in London, comprising 10,000 herbaceous plants, has been installed at The Rubens, and we have beehives on the roof of The Chesterfield Mayfair, and a number of other properties to aid the protection of the bee population. Their delicious hand-harvested honey is served at the hotels.
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