York hotel closes in on plastic-free pledge

Pictured are Jessica Winskill, Anna Titley, Susana Maia, Charlie Marshall, Lord Mayor 2018, Olivia Odudu, Lady Mayoress 2018, and Tom Wordsworth

A York hotel is close to achieving its pledge to eliminae the use of single-use pastics.

At the start of 2019, The Grand’s Junior Board – made up of six junior members of staff – launched a project that would see the environmental scourge being banished from use by the start of this year.

The plan involves replacing various items used in the hotel with more sustainable substitutes including biodegradable bin bags, bamboo dental kits and reusable cork coasters. In addition to this, unnecessary packaging was removed from household essentials like robes, slippers and bedside favours.

Food and drink products like Actimel cartons were swapped for fresh smoothies and likewise used Nespresso pods were returned to the supplier to be reused to make stationery.

With only four items remaining, The Grand managed to eliminate the majority – 84 per cent – of single-use plastic from the guest experience and hotel by the January 1, 2020.

Olivia Odudu, Junior Board managing director and marketing executive at the hotel, said: “We have developed ourselves, The Grand and those around us, to become a more sustainable and experience driven enterprise than we could have ever imagined.

“With customer satisfaction and the future for everyone in mind, we constructed new ways to continue to provide exceptional service whilst also being sustainable.”

Guest relations assistant Edward Gough said: “We are thrilled with the outcome of the project and it has been extremely rewarding to be a part of something so important.”


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