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Zero waste, plastic free: on track

One benefit to the human world slowing down has undoubtedly been that the natural world is showing significant signs of recovery. Even in the biggest cities, there has been a measured reduction in air pollution and there have been incredible images of wildlife returning to areas that were previously barren. As a brand that has championed sustainability and protecting the environment since our creation, this is something we are excited about.

But being excited is not enough. It takes collective action to guarantee that future generations will enjoy our unique environments, cultures and experiences for years to come. That’s why we’re happy to report our sustainability initiatives are right on track, including Zero Waste, Plastic Free 2022, Earth Labs, Supplier Engagements, Eco-regeneration and Communities.

Initiated in 2012, and led by the group’s Vice President of Sustainability Jeff Smith, all properties monitor and measure their actions.

“Our aspiration is to be regenerative,” says Jeff. “Our ultimate aim is to do much more than protect local communities, cultures and environments. We want to go beyond protection and act as a regenerative business, adding value to local stakeholders and giving back more than we take. To this end we track our positive impacts for communities and ecosystems we are a part of.”

Plastic Free 2022: Reducing Exposure for Guest and Wildlife Well-being

Six Senses has inventoried all plastic involved in its hotel and spa operations and is now working to eliminate or replace all items identified in the inventory. In some cases it makes sense to transition to natural compostable materials and in other cases to high-quality reusable materials. The brand is now measuring progress; with local innovations collected and centralized by the group’s Vice President of Sustainability Jeff Smith to implement as best practice resort-wide.

  • High quality drinking water filtered and produced on our properties without the use of plastic bottles (1.8 million bottles replaced group-wide in 2019).
  • Plastic straws eliminated since 2016 and a goal to be completely free of plastic by 2022.
  • 5,150,000 plastic items eliminated in 2018 (including 1,122,248 coffee capsules, 52,316 plastic bags, 26,435 toothbrushes and 462,282 bits of packaging). We’re still counting up the items for 2019 (as you can imagine it takes a while) but we’ll report on these figures as soon as we have them.
Zighy Bay Oman Sustainability IMG_ edit

Zero Waste Approach: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reduce, Recycle

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.

  • 74,765 kilograms of organic fruit and vegetables from our gardens and more than 109,000 eggs laid by happy hens in 2019.
  • 191,822 kilograms of compost and natural fertilizer given back to the earth and 28,000 liters of effective microorganism produced to create healthy cleaning solutions.
  • 65 kilograms of body scrubs and 7.7 liters of essential oil produced for Six Senses Spas using homegrown herbs and fruits.
  • 22 percent of solid waste diverted from landfills.
  • 20,000 kilograms of trash collected by hosts, which is enough to fill three garbage trucks.

Reducing our Energy and Water Intensity

Earth Labs communicate the work happening on and off site and display each property’s latest consumption data including water, energy and waste. We strive for continuous improvement on sustainability within our operations and in 2019 we reduced the water, energy (and therefore carbon) intensity of our operations. Earth Labs are also a positive experience for both visitors and hosts and the chance to create meaningful and educational experiences to enrich and grow people’s perspectives on the world around them.

In 2019 compared to 2018:

  • Energy consumption decreased by 3.48 kWh per occupied room.
  • Renewable electricity generated increased by 28,126 kWh.
  • Average water reduction decreased by 0.1 m3 per occupied room.

Partnerships and Supplier Engagements

Everyone in the hospitality sector has a responsibility to stand up and be accountable for their impact on the environment. Six Senses only works with partners and suppliers who share its commitment to Zero Waste and Plastic Free.

  • From 2019, all hotel and spa operations only carry sunscreens safe for coral and human health.
  • Six Senses Zighy Bay teamed up with Sustainable Environmental Technologies (SET) to divert 80% of waste (by weight) going towards landfill in 2018 through a machine that turns organic waste to compost within 24 hours instead of the usual 6-12 months.
  • Six Senses Laamu has switched to compostable air-delivery food packaging provider BioBiene to remove all Styrofoam boxes.
  • In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), Six Senses Bhutan has built an eco-village in Damchena near the Paro lodge constructed from spare wood, which will grow 100-percent organic produce while providing jobs and sharing best practices in organic farming, nutrition, recycling and waste management.
  • Six Senses Singapore has switched from plastic to linen laundry bags while plastic food delivery bags have been removed from operations at properties across the group in favor of paper and basket packaging.

Group Impacts in 2019 through our Sustainability Fund

Sustainability Funds are managed at each Six Senses property comprising 0.5 percent of revenues, 100 percent soft toy sales and donations, and 50 percent of house-bottled water sales. The money is used locally to benefit communities and restore local habitats and wildlife populations. So it is thanks to our guests that in sponsored projects in 2019 totaled USD 626,641.

This means: 

  • 1,084,680 people gained access to improved medical care.
  • 105,099 people gained access to clean drinking water and sanitation.
  • 19,974 kg of trash was collected voluntarily by our hosts – enough to fill enough to fill 3 garbage trucks!
  • 1,719 hours of teaching was directly conducted or supported by us.
  • We provided access to education and skill training to 14,057 students.
  • We engaged with 3,079 people to raise awareness and educate about sustainable tourism
  • 10,334 endangered sea turtles hatched on our beaches.
  • 3,234 coral fragments were successfully planted.
  • 6 critically endangered and 50 endangered or vulnerable species protected.
  • 280 ghost nets collected.

We're not just passionate about sustainability; we want to lead the way for the hospitality industry – through eco-regeneration and enhancing social and economic benefits to local communities

Kaplankaya Turkey Earth_Lab

Group Impacts in 2019 through our Sustainability Fund

Sustainability Funds are managed at each Six Senses property comprising 0.5 percent of revenues, 100 percent soft toy sales and donations, and 50 percent of house-bottled water sales. The money is used locally to benefit communities and restore local habitats and wildlife populations. So it is thanks to our guests that in sponsored projects in 2019 totaled USD 626,641.

This means: 

  • 1,084,680 people gained access to improved medical care.
  • 105,099 people gained access to clean drinking water and sanitation.
  • 19,974 kg of trash was collected voluntarily by our hosts – enough to fill enough to fill 3 garbage trucks!
  • 1,719 hours of teaching was directly conducted or supported by us.
  • We provided access to education and skill training to 14,057 students.
  • We engaged with 3,079 people to raise awareness and educate about sustainable tourism
  • 10,334 endangered sea turtles hatched on our beaches.
  • 3,234 coral fragments were successfully planted.
  • 6 critically endangered and 50 endangered or vulnerable species protected.
  • 280 ghost nets collected.

We're not just passionate about sustainability; we want to lead the way for the hospitality industry – through eco-regeneration and enhancing social and economic benefits to local communities


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