Introducing In-house bottling plants to decrease the plastic footprint

Further to its commitment to phasing out single-use plastics from across its hotels, Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company, reinforces its commitment towards sustainable business practices with the introduction of bottling plants across its hotels in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai in India and in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The initiative to replace all plastic water bottles from the hotels with reusable glass water bottles, bottled with treated water, will avoid the use of 6 million plastic bottles per year.

In line with its commitment to safeguarding the environment, IHCL, in 2018, announced the elimination of plastic straws from all its hotels, replacing them with paper and bamboo straws. It has taken additional measures to reduce the usage of single-use plastics, including replacing plastic-wrapped dry amenities with eco-friendly substitutes.

IHCL is also credited with the introduction of the country’s first-ever ‘Zero Single-Use Plastic Hotel’ – Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans. With a focus on sustainability to preserve the fragile ecosystem of the island, 72 beach villas at the resort have been constructed without felling a single tree, and the resort has an onsite bottling plant, a waste disposal system that converts wet waste to gas and compost, and a sanitation treatment plant to limit its carbon footprint.