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The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited

Created in 1866, the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels group is involved in luxury hotel management, development, and ownership of the prestigious Peninsula Hotels located in Asia, US and Europe. 
Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Signatory
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels operates 10 hotels globally and has continuously been working to minimize plastic consumption within their properties. They began their transition away from single-use plastic straws and stirrers back in 2013 and have revamped their in-room amenities to be 99% petroleum plastic free, using 45% recycled aluminium containers. They have also worked on plastic reduction through redesign, such as up cycling Chinese Moon-cake containers into educational toys for children in Hong Kong. Currently, they are looking at solutions to reduce bottled water used in guest rooms. 

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In the framework of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels commit to: 

  • Eliminating single-portion packaging and containers for amenities from their bathrooms by 2021  
  • Eliminating single-portion packaging from their rooms by 2025  
  • Eliminating plastic packaging from their food and drink services by 2020  
  • Introducing reusable solutions in their service areas to replace single use packaging by 2025. 
  • Introducing reusable solutions in food and drink services to replace single serving packaging by 2025  
  • Introducing reusable solutions in cleaning services to replace plastic packaging by 2025  
  • Engaging the value chain to provide data on recyclability and compostability of plastic packaging to facilitate the move towards 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.  
  • Taking action to increase the amount of recycled content across all plastic packaging and items used by 2025. 
  • Collaborating with others and investing in collection and segregation of recyclable and organic materials in their facilities to help increase recycling and composting rates in practice.