France opens first zero single-use plastic hotel

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France opens first zero single-use plastic hotel

By Jana Brnáková
10 February 2020

By Jana Brnáková | 10 February 2020

It will shut its doors on more than 24,000 plastic bottles, 55,000 cosmetic packagings, and 16,000 plastic bags a year

The battle against climate change continues. France has been part of the initiative with a new-concept hotel The Best Western Premier Opéra Liège which stopped using single-use plastics and instead replaced them with more sustainable materials. 

The hotel successfully removed all plastics from its 50 rooms, suites, and facilities — Best Western Opéra Liège France opens first zero single-use plastic hotel Group Created with Sketch. The hotel successfully removed all plastics from its 50 rooms, suites, and facilities — Best Western Opéra Liège


Thanks to the hotel’s partnership with a company called Racing For The Oceans, all the single-use plastics have been exchanged for eco-friendly alternatives, eliminating over 24,000 plastic bottles, 55,000 cosmetic packagings, and 16,000 plastic bags annually.

Located in the ninth district of Paris, the hotel successfully removed all plastics from its 50 rooms, suites, and facilities. 

For its laundry bags, slippers, or bin bags it will be using other materials, such as bamboo. New solutions have been introduced in the bathrooms as well. The hotel substitutes the three widely used products — shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel have been — with a single three-in-one solid soap bar. The classic toothpaste tube will be replaced by a lozenge and accompanied by a bamboo toothbrush.

Plastic Nespresso capsules will be replaced by paper ones

Plastic Nespresso capsules will be made out of paper instead — Best Western Opéra Liège France opens first zero single-use plastic hotel Group Created with Sketch. Plastic Nespresso capsules will be made out of paper instead — Best Western Opéra Liège

The hotel rooms will come equipped with glass bottles that customers can fill up using a water fountain. The plastic packaging will also disappear from the food and beverage areas and minibars. Plastic Nespresso capsules will be made out of paper instead.

“We are definitely looking to work with other hotels and to develop a bigger portfolio of zero-waste suppliers… Our objective is to work with bigger groups and advise them on what suppliers they can work with,” Marine Pescot, co-founder of Racing For The Oceans, said to Business Traveller.

From 1 January 2020, France banned single-use plastics sold in bulk in supermarkets (plates and cups), cotton buds and still water bottles in school catering services. Next year it should add straws and cutlery to the list, followed by other disposable plastics. The government plan is to phase out all single-use plastics by 2040. 

Jana Brnáková

Jana Brnáková

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