The Bali Hotels Association’s (BHA) recently formed ‘Green Team’ is targeting use of plastic bags and bottles at hotels on the island. The group, which is made up of representatives from BHA member hotels is aiming to monitor and measure the plastic usage at each hotel and submit metrics every month to the BHA.
The ‘Say No To Disposable Plastic’ initiative aims to reduce and replace disposable plastics with more environmentally-friendly alternatives such as bio-degradable plastics, glass and ceramics. Participanting hotels are aiming to achieve a 20% reduction in disposable plastics over the next 12 months, which would equate to approximately 5,000kg of disposable plastics per month.
Bipan Kapur, BHA Director of Environment, said; “The enthusiasm, drive and energy in the Green Team gives me the confidence that we are doing the right thing and that this new generation will go all out to protect what is most precious to mankind. We are indebted to them as them as they truly understand the value and importance of preservation for the future.”
It is estimated that Bali generates approximately 750,000kg of plastic garbage per day – almost 50% more than Jakarta.
BHA Chairman, Jean-Charles Le Coz said; “I am very proud to lead an organisation that has been, since 2003, proactively tackling environmental issues through training and sharing of best practices.
“This year’s initiative, ‘Say No To Disposable Plastic’, brings this commitment one step higher with some quantifiable goals for all our 100+ members. We will also keep focusing on involving the local community through various educational projects, both in-house and through partnerships.”