Environmental and social responsibility is at the heart of the Six Senses. It demands doing what is right rather than what is easy.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has become one of the first signatories of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the UN Environment Programme and UN World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
This calls for going beyond banning single-use plastic and unnecessary waste and to be free of all plastics by the year 2022. This strategy is based on the life cycle assessment of plastics and understanding the impact these products have on the environment from fossil fuel extraction through to disposal.
It’s an approach that focuses on upstream suppliers, seeking innovative solutions and promoting a de-plasticised lifestyle by providing more sustainable alternatives.
Joining the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative is another step to address the root causes of plastic pollution. It enables businesses and governments to take concerted action and lead by example.
Six Senses furthers its commitment to eliminating, innovating and circulating its use of plastics by 2025, although the brand is on its way to being Plastic Free in 2022.
This might be a bold target; however, as the effects of climate change and plastic pollution become increasingly dire around the world, hosts and guests are supporting and even demanding action.
Six Senses is committed to:
• Eliminating all plastics from its operations by the year 2022, with priority on single-use plastics and going beyond that to remove 100 percent virgin plastic sourcing.
• Zero Waste to landfill as a general goal for all Six Senses resorts.
• Continuing its policy of no single-use shampoo and amenity bottles, plastic water bottles and plastic straws.
According to Neil Jacobs, chief executive of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, the travel industry is growing at a rapid rate on a planet that has limited natural resources. That means all hospitality leaders have a responsibility to stand up and be accountable for making a sustainable difference and achieving measurable results.
“Our health and wellness ethos is around making our guests feel better inside and out. We want to make them feel good about their choice of vacation and their impact on the ecosystems around them too,” Jacobs pointed out.
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative unites more than 450 businesses, governments, and other organisations behind a common vision and targets to address plastic waste and pollution at its source.
To realise this vision, tourism companies destinations commit to eliminate the plastic items they don’t need; innovate so all plastics they do need are designed to be safely reused, recycled, or composted; and circulate everything they use to keep it in the economy and out of the environment.
By taking serious in a coordinated and determined manner on plastic pollution, the tourism sector can help preserve and protect the places and wildlife that make destinations worth visiting.