Ritz-Carlton to Ditch Plastic Bottles, Replace with Green[er] Bottles

Published On June 18, 2010 | By Tomás Bosque | News

To wean itself off of plastic and boost its “green” reputation, 40 of Ritz-Carlton’s 73 hotels will switch to plant-based, biodegradable material for their water bottles – a move that’s believed to be a first among hotel chains.

The hotels making the switch are in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Chainwide, the company goes through through about 5 million, 16-oz., water bottles per year, according to the Marriott-owned brand.

Ritz-Carlton hotels provide the bottled water to guests at jogging stations, in guestrooms for turn-down service and in pool areas. Valets also leave a bottle of water behind for a guest after retrieving their vehicle for them.

According to Ritz-Carlton’s press release: The new bottles are made 100% from plants, are all natural, can decompose in 30 days in a commercial composting facility, or can be reprocessed and remade 100% into new bottles. Making one new bottle uses 49% less fossil fuels, 45% less energy, and 75% less greenhouse gases than a classic bottle.

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