The Grand York makes plastic pledge

Eloise Hanson By Eloise Hanson
05 July 2019 | Updated 05 July 2019

UK: Yorkshire’s only AA five-star hotel, The Grand York, has pledged to eliminate single use plastic by December 31st 2019.

The ban on single use plastic forms part of a wider The Grand Goes Green initiative, which the junior board is gradually implementing across the hotel.

Proposed plans for change include the delivery of fruit and vegetables in cardboard punnets, as well as refilling bedroom toiletries as opposed to simply replacing them. The company which launders guest towels and bedlinen has already agreed to remove the single use plastic used to protect its products.

"If an alternative to single use plastic can't be found, then we will simply not stock that product or use that service," said general manager, Philip Bolson.

The iniative stemmed from a sustainability summit that was held at the The Grand York last month. Among the suppliers who attended were Molton Brown, whose toiletries are provided in all of the hotel's rooms and suites, and luxury skincare brand Espa, whose products are used in the hotel spa.

"When we started to really look into it, single use plastic was everywhere - from our branded marketing materials to food packaging," said the chair of The Grand's junior board, marketing executive Olivia Odudu."So far, the response from the suppliers has been really positive and enthusiastic."

"It's just the start," said Odudu, "but it's a good start. Someone has to lead the way - and where we lead, others will follow."

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