Responsible TourismLuxury hotel company envisions a plastic-free world for its operations by 2022.

Life in plastic, not so fantastic for Six Senses

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Six Senses harbours plastic-free ambitions for guests and the local communities it operates in, including rolling out initiatives such as sustainability organic boxes (pictured).
Six Senses harbours plastic-free ambitions for guests and the local communities it operates in, including rolling out initiatives such as sustainability organic boxes (pictured).

Six Senses will remove and avoid all virgin plastic materials from its hotel and spa operations as it seeks to go plastic free by 2022.

To get there, the luxury hospitality will also work with the United States Coalition on Sustainability and SustainChain (USCS), a nonprofit organisation helping align the global sustainability ecosystem towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, by combining collective ventures, sharing best practices, and scaling solutions.

Six Senses has placed removing single-use and disposable plastic as top priority, including everything from packaging materials to fabrics and furniture. Its latest partnership with USCS will see the non-profit stepping in to connect Six Senses with suppliers to do so.

Six Senses' crystal water room.
Six Senses' crystal water room.

A prototype on a plastic-free kitchen is also in the works, where Jeff Smith, vice president for sustainability and Six Senses Yao Noi are working towards bringing this concept to all properties.

“Our collaboration with SustainChain opens options to collaborate and innovate throughout our value chains, to help deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals and more specifically for us to achieve our goal of Plastic Free 2022. We’re already seeing huge innovations, and the opportunities to grow together as a movement are incredible," said Smith.

Saying no to plastic is not new for the luxury hospitality brand, which in 2020 signed a partnership with the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to work with suppliers to seek safer alternatives and address the root causes of plastic pollution.

In the 1990s, Six Senses began using refillable ceramic bathroom amenities, and glass bottled water in the rooms since 2003 — more than 2.4 million single-use plastic bottles were replaced group-wide in 2019/2020 alone.

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