Thailand: AKARYN Hotel Group has pledged to go completely single-use plastic free by June 2019 across the entire hotel group.
Eco-led efforts across the group will include sourcing glass bottles and removing all single-use plastic from the bars. Branded water bottles are handed to guests on arrival, which can be refilled anytime during their stay at the self-service water stations located on every floor. Additionally, toiletry products are presented in locally manufactured celadon containers filled with essential oils-based products and bio-degradable bin bags are used in rooms.
AHG is also holding “Train & Sustain” bootcamps at akyra Beach Club Phuket, a contemporary waterfront resort overlooking the Andaman Sea. The three-day health and sustainability boot camp combines group activities to support the local environment such as cleaning local beaches of rubbish and educating children on the consequences of using plastic, with yoga, fitness classes and spa treatments – reinforcing the hotel group’s key commitments to responsible tourism and wellbeing.
The company was the recent winner of the Green Steps award at the 2018 Responsible Thailand Awards. Founding managing director Anchalika Kijkanakorn said: “It’s an honour to be recognised for our contribution to eco- friendly travel. It is our goal to become fully sustainable throughout AHG as soon as possible.”