Following its announcement on removing all plastic straws across its hotels in South East Asia as of July last year, Hilton announced the completion of its move to replace plastic-bottled water from all its guest rooms across Bali, Indonesia, with glass-bottled water.

But for Hilton, one of the fastest-growing hospitality companies in the world, traveling with purpose surely does not stop there.

In 2018, Hilton embarked on a partnership with local water vendor, Spring Water, to enhance bottling facilities that provide clean drinking water to large hotels in Bali. With this implementation, the island will see a reduction of up to 500,000 plastic bottles annually from Hilton’s three hotels in Bali.

In addition, the hotel company has also completed the expansion of the facility for social enterprise Mountain Mamas in tandem with the Travel with Purpose Action Grant provided to its three managed hotels in Bali last year: Hilton Bali Resort, Conrad Bali Resort and Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport.

The Action Grant gave the hotels  US $5,000 in seed funding to help the Mountain Mamas expand their facilities, which saw the construction of a 150 square-meter workshop space with new sewing equipment and the improvement of plumbing and electricity works. With the enhanced premises, more local women from various communities in Bali can contribute to producing linen bags for sale.

Proceeds from the sale of these linen bags will be directed in part towards the work of non-profit organization Bye Bye Plastic Bags Bali, a youth-driven movement launched in 2013 to raise awareness about the issue of waste in Bali that aunched the social enterprise Mountain Mamas.

“Sustainability has always been a core pillar of Hilton’s business. As a global company of our scale and heritage, with us celebrating a hundred years of hospitality this year, we have the opportunity and responsibility to do our part for the community, not just in cutting our environment footprint, but also in positively impacting and empowering local communities,” said Paul Hutton, vice president, operations, South East Asia, Hilton.

To-date, the partnership has seen at least 40 women from Wanagiri Kauh undergo skills training, with more expected to benefit from the program in the coming years.

This, makes Hilton closer to its aim in cutting its environmental footprint in half and double its social impact investment by 2030!

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