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Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

August 11, 2020 - Six Senses is one of the first to sign the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to fight plastic pollution. From house-bottled water (and soon wine!) to Plastic Free 2022, we are taking concerted action to lead the tourism industry by example.

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As part of the activities of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Program, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative is led by UN Environment and UNWTO in collaboration with Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Recognizing the global importance of the tourism sector and its role as an agent of change, the Initiative will support partner organizations in making better use of plastics in their operations and reducing plastic waste.

How Six Senses is eliminating plastic by 2022

In the 1990s, we transitioned to glass water bottles, as well as refillable bottles for bathroom amenities such as shampoo or shower gel. Today, high quality drinking water is filtered and produced on all of our properties without the use of plastic bottles. We continue to inventory and measure progress, for example, 1.8 million single-use plastic bottles were replaced group-wide in 2019.

The water-bottling theme is particularly relevant at Six Senses Kocatas Mansions, Istanbul, which is thrilled to have just reopened its doors on July 30. The former “Pearl of Bosphorus” mansion was owned by and named after Ottoman Minister of Justice Necmettin Molla Kocataş, owner of Kocataş Water. Indeed, just behind is a 2.5-hectare community known for its pure spring water. You can also stay in the one-of-a-kind Cistern Suite, which offers beautifully-finished and spacious accommodations over two floors. The all-day dining Defne restaurant is located in an old Ottoman cistern that has been converted into a restaurant by a team of skillful restorationists. The hotel’s Director of Food and Beverage Nuno Miranda is now looking into the possibility of creating a 100 percent natural Six Senses own-label wine with a local producer – in the meantime, why not discover his favorite Turkish tipple?

Continuing with Plastic Free 2020, plastic straws have already been eliminated since 2016, and in 2018 alone, 5,150,000 plastic items were eliminated (including 1,122,248 coffee capsules, 52,316 plastic bags, 26,435 toothbrushes and 462,282 bits of packaging).  

Zero Waste approach

As a responsible steward, Six Senses agrees with and adheres to strict guidelines that come with operating a hotel or resort on a UNESCO World Heritage Site or Biosphere Reserve. As such, it runs Zero Waste programs at all properties, committing owners by management contract and choosing suppliers who share the same commitment.

Actionable commitments by 2025

We believe every organization in the hospitality sector has a responsibility to stand up and be accountable for its impact on the environment, which is why we are one of the first signatories of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative. We are committed to:

  • Eliminating remaining unnecessary plastic packaging from our rooms and bathrooms by 2022.
  • Eliminating all unnecessary plastic packaging from service areas by 2022.
  • Introducing more reusable solutions in kitchens to replace unnecessary plastic packaging (cling film and plastic packaging of fresh products) by 2022.
  • Introducing reusable solutions in service areas (host shops) to replace single use packaging by 2025.
  • Sourcing naturally compostable packing and other materials where appropriate.
  • Working with suppliers to avoid plastic packaging, source plastic free alternative products, and arrange packaging take-back programs wherever possible.
  • Working with other hotels and industry partners to share best practices, supplier recommendations, and other information to help the industry move away from plastic.
  • Sorting all waste materials, upcycling or composting when possible on site, sending to offsite recycling where available - all with the aim of zero waste to landfill.

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