Reducing, reusing and recycling can be a key part of a climate change strategy to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated roughly 42% of all greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the production and use of goods, including food, products and packaging. Tourism and hospitality contribute significantly, 4 with food accounting for nearly half of the waste these sectors produce.
As a society, we need to move toward a circular economy and away from the traditional “extract-produce-use-discard” model of production to which we have become accustomed. This can serve to reduce emissions from energy and the processing of raw materials.
As part of our ongoing commitment to foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing within the travel and hospitality sector, Regenerative Travel is producing a series of Best Practice Papers to create an actionable knowledge base within the travel industry.
This Best Practice Paper focuses on Resource Management for Waste & Recycling. The paper includes two best performer case studies showcasing Blue Apple Beach on Tierra Bomba Island, Colombia and The Datai on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. Both properties are well on their way to achieving zero waste to landfill and use techniques such as bottle crushing, upcycling and using waste materials in the maintenance and construction of their hotels.
The paper also offers practical tips for hotels with zero-waste-to-landfill aspirations with insights from Regenerative Hotels including Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge, Emboo River Camp, Hamanasi Resort, Tortuga Bay and Nikoi Island.
We examine leading hotels making impressive progress in their journey to zero waste and aim to provide practical tips on how to improve waste management practices and reduce, reuse, and recycle efficiently.
We published this paper in partnership with Weeva, a digital sustainability management system designed for the tourism industry. The Weeva platform enables users to capture, consolidate and visualize their data, centralized and secured in the Cloud.