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JJ's Hostel Mirissa

JJ's Hostel Mirissa, located in Sri Lanka and created in 2016, aims to provide a service that exceeds the backpacking community's expectations in a sustainable manner whilst promoting ethical practices.
Across all aspects of their business, they endeavour to eliminate single-use, non-recyclable, non-biodegradable, and non-compostable plastics. Initiatives include: Not selling any single-use plastic items; Ensuring plastics used for hygiene purposes are either re-used, recyclable or biodegradable; Reducing plastics delivered to their premises by suppliers; and ensuring proper recycling.

Commitments:

In the framework of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, JJ's Hostel Mirissa commits to:
  • Eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging, plastic items, and containers for cleaning products from their rooms and cleaning services by 2022.
  • Eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging, plastic items and single-portion or single-serving packaging from their food and drink services by 2022.
  • Eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging from their kitchen by 2023.
  • Eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging from their logistics by 2022.
  • Ensuring, where plastic products are used, the purchase of durable, high-quality items that have a long expected lifetime and are recyclable at end of use.
  • Introducing reusable solutions to replace plastic packaging and plastic items in their logistics by 2022.
  • Introducing reusable solutions to replace plastic items and cling films in their kitchens by 2023.
  • 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 by establishing procurement criteria on reusability, recyclability, and compostability and contacting all suppliers to demand minimal use of single-use plastics and encourage change in how they do business
  • Taking action to increase the amount of recycled content across all plastic packaging and items used by 2025 by engaging suppliers to provide data on % of recycled content in plastic packaging and items and regulators to promote availability of data on % of recycled content in plastic packaging and items and ensuring local council provides greater options and accessibility for recycling
Collaborating with others and investing in the collection and segregation of recyclable and organic materials in our facilities to help increase recycling and composting rates in practice, by providing proper training and means for staff to sort solid waste (especially plastic waste), according to local regulations, sustainability standards, and/or technical guidance from waste management service provider, engaging other business and key stakeholders to discuss and take action to improve the performance of waste service providers, and investing resources, such as money, time, and personnel, to promote innovation that results in increased recycling rates, either through actions at own operation or elsewhere in the process.