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TerraCycle, HNA Hospitality Group partner for zero waste campaign

Tangla Hotel Beijing


Chinese hotel operator HNA Hospitality Group has achieved initial success with its new zero waste campaign, a partnership with Trenton, New Jersey-based TerraCycle, by recycling 1,323 pounds’ (600 kilograms’) worth of discarded toiletries from three company hotels in four months.

TerraCycle is a leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle postconsumer materials.

Beijing-based HNA Hospitality Group says its zero waste campaign underscores the company’s “commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development.”

From July 24 to Nov. 30, 2017, HNA Hospitality collected used cotton swabs, shower caps, shaving kits, bath supplies, toothbrushes and other waste from the three Tangla hotels and recycled them into resalable products, “eliminating the pollution that would have come as a result of discarding them and purchasing replacement items,” the company says.

“We are extremely pleased with the results from this first phase of our zero-waste program,” Steven Song, president of HNA Hospitality, says. “Thanks to our partnership with TerraCycle and the diligence of the staff at our Tangla brand hotels, we were able to prevent a significant amount of waste from entering the environment. This program, along with our recent improvements in food and water safety at all of our hotels, is further evidence of our brand’s excellence and proof of our commitment to providing a comfortable, convenient and safe stay for all of our guests.”

The company notes that the zero waste campaign is its most recent CSR effort. Since 2013, the group has implemented a series of measures, such as increased recycling and adopting sustainable design and construction, to reduce the carbon footprint of its hotels, whose energy consumption rate has dropped considerably for four consecutive years, according to the company.

HNA says it plans to expand the zero waste program to more of its hotel in the coming months.

“We will continue to explore new approaches and adopt new techniques to help lower costs and make our services more environmentally-friendly,” says Song. “We look forward to building wide awareness of our brand as one that is seen as a pioneer of sustainable hotels in China and around the world.”

Founded in 1997, HNA Hospitality Group is the hotel investment and management arm of HNA Tourism that is focused on creating a mid- to high-end global hotel network. HNA Hospitality Group says it is China’s largest private hotel group. The group operates or invests in about 8,600 hotels with more than 1.3 million rooms around the world.

» Publication Date: 08/01/2018

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