New hotel plans to be plastic-free by 2020 in a bid to tackle sea pollution…

Eco-conscious Akaryn Hotel Group announces its new hotel, akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok, will be the first single-use plastic-free hotel in Asia.

On the back of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II documentary series, which highlighted the extreme level of plastic waste in the ocean, a continuing number of businesses have begun banning single-use plastic – including the BBC and several well-known retailers.

Akaryn Hotel Group is the latest company to mark its commitment to tackling sea pollution after announcing its new hotel will become single-use plastic free by 2020. In a bid to reduce single-use plastic waste, akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok, due to open in May this year, will provide guests with refillable stainless steel water bottles on arrival. Self-service water dispensers will be located on every floor of the hotel to ensure guests have access to clean drinking water.

Founder and Director, Anchalika Kijkanakorn of Akaryn Hotel Group, said:

“Consumers are now more and more frequently seeking out responsible businesses that take care of our planet and we are proud to have been such a company since we first began operating some 15 years ago.”

All toiletry containers found in bathrooms of the new hotel will be made from celadon (a type of porcelain) so that they can be refilled with essential oil-based products. Bio-degradable bin bags will be used in all rooms and shopping bags will be offered to guests to encourage them not to use plastic bags when shopping in Bangkok.

According to a  recent report by The Guardian, one million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute, with the number expected to jump by 20% by 2020.

Global environment lobbyists Greenpeace estimates that 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean each year.

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