29 October 2019 | Prithvi Pandya
Eighty-five per cent of Britons would like hotels to replace plastic carrier bags and plastic bin bags with compostable and reusable carrier bags, suggests research from Taxi2Airport.
Recent statistics from YouGov show that only 29 per cent of hospitality and leisure businesses have replaced some or all of their single-use plastics with more environmentally friendly alternatives.
Taxi2Airport surveyed 1,528 British people to discover the commonly used plastic items in hotels that they would most like to see fully replaced with a sustainable/environmentally friendly option.
Half of respondents (50 per cent) believe that plastic door hangers (e.g. please do not disturb/please clean my room sign) should be substituted for door hangers made from wood or bamboo.
And 79 per cent of respondents said they would appreciate hotels taking the initiative to stop using plastic water bottles and instead provide water in refillable glass/aluminium bottles.
Interestingly, 68 per cent support the idea of a woven rather than plastic wristband - worn for the purpose of establishing full or half-board status.
A key item for branding purposes - 66 per cent would opt for hotels to use/provide wooden or bamboo pens over plastic pens.
An essential service for many travellers - 61 per cent prefer hotels to give them a reusable cotton or linen laundry bag rather than a plastic one.
At the other end, just 26 per cent think courtesy slippers should be provided in a cotton or linen wrap/bag as opposed to being in a plastic wrap or packaging.
Yoon Sterkenburg, co-founder of Taxi2Airport, said: "Hotels can be the key drivers within the hospitality and leisure sector to adopt and promote eco-friendly 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.
"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 practise that is only going to lead to positive outcomes."