In honour of the United Nations’ World Environment Day, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts will ban the use of single use plastics at all of its all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean and Spain by 2020.
The all-inclusive hotel chain has committed to substituting disposable plastic cups for reusable cups and plastic straws for biodegradable ones. These changes are now in effect at Bahia Principe’s four properties in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and at a corporate level with all Grupo Piñero offices, the brand’s parent company, initiating a plan to reduce plastic usage in January, with the goal of banning all plastics by the end of the year.
“The measures we are implementing as a global brand are an honest reflection of our efforts to minimize the impact of our operations and reaffirm our commitment to environmental sustainability and preserving the areas in which we operate,” said Antonia del Toro, CSR director for Grupo Piñero.
The initiative is all part of a greater corporate social responsibility plan the brand has taken under the direction of Grupo Piñero, which emphasizes actions that will help the brand protect the natural world and dedicate itself to green practices. Some major milestones hit during the first four months of this year include:
- Reduced energy consumption per guest per stay by eight per cent
- Reduced water consumption per guest per stay by two per cent
- Saved 40 per cent more recyclable waste when compared to the same period in 2017