Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort bans single-use plastic

Environmental initiatives are increasingly becoming a deciding factor for guests choosing to stay at the resort

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has implemented a ban on single-use plastics
Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has implemented a ban on single-use plastics

On July 1 2019, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort implemented a ban on single-use plastics across the property. All hosts received Outrigger ‘bags for life’ and a takeaway mug to help them kick the habit of takeaway plastic drink containers, straws and bags.

The push is part of Outrigger’s ZONE – OZONE – the company’s global conservation initiative to safeguard oceans and island environments. The property’s OZONE ambassador, Leah Matters, said the initiative, still in its first phase, is to hold management and hosts accountable and eliminate single-use plastics from the resort.

“We have received a lot of positive feedback on social media platforms,” said Matters. “Guests are posting pictures and congratulating Outrigger. They are telling us, that they have chosen our resort based on our commitment to the environment and our efforts in trying to eliminate single-use plastic.”

Matters said that environmental initiatives are increasingly becoming a deciding factor for guests choosing the resort. Guest reviews have earned the resort a place in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for Excellence.

Plastic bottles and straws are no longer supplied by the hotel anywhere and stainless steel and sports water bottles are available in the resort’s shop.

All takeaway containers, including coffee cups, are now produced from recycled materials. Beyond banning single-use plastics, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort uses a reverse osmosis water plant to purify and bottle its own drinking water.

A public drinking tap linked to the reverse osmosis plant allows guests to fill up their bottles 24hrs a day.

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