It is no secret that our earth is crying for help and it is the responsibility of the entire society, from citizens to businesses of various industries including hotels, to reduce their carbon footprint. There are many ways a hotel can adopt a “greener” lifestyle, and it starts with a single step, even with the littlest initiatives. We are proud to list a few hotels in Indonesia that have hopped into the eco-conscious bandwagon and taken steps towards being more environmentally friendly with small but sure movements:
W Bali – Seminyak with Feed Goby the Fish
In an attempt to raise awareness in the prevailing and excruciating war against plastic in the ocean, W Bali – Seminyak fixed a giant, see-through, metal fish, named Goby, on the hotel’s beachfront. Goby the Fish is the only “plastic-eating” fish, which allows people to ”feed it” with plastic waste. The idea behind the project is to encourage proper plastic waste disposal and educate the public that the trail of trash we recklessly throw at sea ends up in the belly of innocent sea creatures. Every night, the fish is emptied and the rubbish is taken to appropriate recycling facilities. Through this initiative, W Bali hopes to convey a simple but direct message: the only fish that should eat plastic is Goby the Fish.
W Bali also engages in other sustainability initiatives such as intense beach cleaning sessions and waste reduction, strict recycling and energy-saving practices in the hopes to be Earth-check certified.
Shangri La Hotels and Resorts Group with Soap for Hope
As part of a group-wide effort to reduce wastage, Shangri La Hotels and Resorts in Indonesia has collaborated with Sealed Air Diversey Care for a project called “Soap For Hope”. The project involves soap making sessions, which uses discarded soaps from guest rooms. The soaps are first sanitized and processed via a cold compress method then are repurposed into new bars. These “soap bars of hope” are then distributed to needy communities for daily hygienic usage. Almost more than 2kgs of soap gets wasted on a daily basis, which is why Shangri-La decided to take the opportunity to help the less fortunate, while reducing unnecessary wastage with this project.
Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta is also involved in other waste-management initiatives such as revamping used linens into more useful products such as school uniforms for the needy as well as donating used cooking oil to Alpha Global Cynergy, a valued recycling partner, which repurposes them into environmentally-friendly biodiesel.
Artotel Group with #ArtotelEarth
Established in 2016, ARTOTEL EARTH, previously known as ARTOTEL for Hope is a series of social awareness campaigns initiated by ARTOTEL Group through art activities. In 2019, ARTOTEL Earth decided to focus more on environmental sustainability by collaborating with WWF-Indonesia in the aim to spread awareness on the dangers of plastic pollution in our oceans.
One of the initiatives under the collaboration is that ARTOTEL will automatically set aside IDR 10,000 for each room occupied to support the WWF waste management and maritime life preservation programs in Indonesia. A percentage of the profit from sold artworks displayed at the hotel under this theme will also be donated to WWF. To further reduce environmental waste, ARTOTEL Earth collected used linens and transformed them into reusable tote bags that can be purchased by guests. All proceeds from the ARTOTEL Earth’s tote bag sale will also be donated to WWF and TRI Upcycle.
ARTOTEL is also engaged in The Signing Blue Program of WWF-Indonesia, which encourages hotels to engage in more environmentally friendly practices such as reducing the use of plastics and recycling waste.
Hilton Bandung with Organic Christmas Tree
This 2019, Hilton Bandung is putting a spin on the traditional Christmas tree and “making a difference” instead. For the first time ever, the hotel is introducing its very own Christmas tree grown from scratch made of smaller, organic plants. The idea behind this tree is to reduce plastic usage and wastage as well as help the environment. The tree is also meant to be a gentle reminder to always consider alternative options before opting for environmentally harmful products and that little steps like such is just as important as big ones to contribute to the well-being of our planet earth.
Grand Hyatt Jakarta with the use of solar panels
Grand Hyatt Jakarta recently installed 45 photovoltaic panels on its helipad area, making it the first hotel in Indonesia to use solar panels to produce a more sustainable energy in the means of tackling climate change. During the day, the solar panels can power 20 guestrooms daily. This initiative is estimated to compensate over 170,000 liters of gasoline off the road as well as reduce carbon footprint by over 400 tones of CO2 over 30 years. Other sustainable strategies the hotel has adopted include switching to efficient LED light bulbs and installing motion sensor lights in several areas of the hotel. The eco-movement has also spread into the culinary division of the hotel. For example, plastic cutleries are replaced with other eco-friendly alternatives and the teabags used are all biodegradable.
By: Divyha Pridhnani-Bhojwani