Hotels Using Glass Water Bottles

To help travelers set the right example and to decrease their carbon footprint, we encourage acting on ways to minimize waste. Can you imagine a world where travelers reject the wastefulness of using disposable plastic water bottles? Following is a growing overview of hotels in Indonesia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam that actively seek to reduce, reuse and recycle by offering water to guests in glass bottles or by offering filtered tap water to their guests.

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Krabi La Playa Resort

This resort has been using glass water bottles for their guest rooms for five years already. Previously, the management had to ration the supply of plastic bottles to a maximum of two bottles per day per room. Now they can offer more and better drinking water service and the guests are happier.

Providing water in glass containers also reduces the amount of space and manpower the hotel needs to manage waste. Other sustainable waste management practices involve using laundry baskets rather than using plastic laundry bags and recycling wastewater.

Location: Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand
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The Small Hotel

Located in a quiet corner near the beach, this charming Asian chic hotel practices sustainability by using glass water bottles in all the guest rooms. This environmentally friendly policy also reduces costs of in room amenities because the hotel can reuse the glass bottles.

Their guests feel more satisfied to drink from glass bottles than the disposable plastic ones. The managers are satisfied with not having to expand their space to store plastic waste.

Location: Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand
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Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas and Spa

This hotel’s number one motivation for using glass water bottles in the guest rooms, restaurants and spa is simply “to save the planet.” In more practical terms, eliminating single use plastic bottles is a huge cost savings and minimizes unnecessary use of space to dispose of the plastic. Their guests are happy and applaud this eco friendly initiative.

These beach villas try to reuse and recycle as much as possible including glass, plastic, discarded linen and old equipment. In 2017 they plan to implement gray water recycling for watering their gardens.

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Banthai Village - Chiang Mai - Thailand

Banthai Village

This contemporary Bangkok luxury hotel, Metropolitan by COMO, uses glass water bottles everywhere in the hotel such as the guest rooms, lobby, spa as well as in their award-winning restaurant, Nahm. The hotel saves money by refilling instead of buying plastic bottles and reducing the amount of plastic waste. The feedback is mostly positive except for some guests who like the convenience of carrying a plastic bottle when they go out.

COMO Hotels and Resorts are mindful of their impact on the environment and invite their guests to participate in their environmental sustainability initiatives.

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Metropolitan by COMO Bangkok Hotel

This contemporary Bangkok luxury hotel, Metropolitan by COMO, uses glass water bottles everywhere in the hotel such as the guest rooms, lobby, spa as well as in their award-winning restaurant, Nahm. The hotel saves money by refilling instead of buying plastic bottles and reducing the amount of plastic waste. The feedback is mostly positive except for some guests who like the convenience of carrying a plastic bottle when they go out.

COMO Hotels and Resorts are mindful of their impact on the environment and invite their guests to participate in their environmental sustainability initiatives.

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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Boonsiri Place

This 3-star art hotel near Khao San Road has been using glass water bottles in their guest rooms for eight years. This practice is part of the hotel’s policy to help stop global warming as well as to reduce costs and quantity of waste. This eco friendly property also recycles plastic bags, paper and the bottles from bathroom amenities.

The hotel’s clients support using glass water bottles even though they are not as portable as plastic bottles because Boonsiri’s guests understand the benefits of reducing plastic waste for a better environment.

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
The Hermitage - Jakarta - Indonesia

The Hermitage

One way this new 5-star hotel tries to exceed guest expectations is through the use of glass water bottles, which they feel adds a touch of luxury to guest rooms, banquet venues and food & beverage outlets. Despite the higher cost, the Hermitage prefers glass to plastic for environmental sustainability. The hotel also minimizes waste through recycling plastic and wastewater and encourages guests to use the “green card practice” of not replacing bed linen on a daily basis.

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Sankara Ubud Resort and Spa

The stylish accommodations and restaurant of this resort provide drinking water in glass water bottles. This service is one small part of the hotel’s overall policy to reduce waste and preserve the beauty of Ubud’s environment surrounded by rice fields and coconut trees. The biggest advantage of substituting glass refillable bottles for single use plastic is cost reductions and a reduced volume of waste to collect for recycling. Perhaps the best advantage is the clients are happier and are actually looking for the use of glass water bottles.

Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
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Mai Chau Ecolodge

Starting in January 2015, this ecolodge converted to using glass water bottles in all the guestrooms. Mai Chau recognizes their responsibility to reduce waste to promote sustainable tourism. They invested in a water treatment system to use refillable bottles, which then reduced the cost of transporting bottled water from Hanoi. This hotel implements a broad range of other sustainability measures such as recycling, using refillable containers for amenities like soap and shampoo and installing low consumption fixtures for toilets, sinks and showers. Requesting guests to reuse linens also raises awareness for the need to save water.

Location: Hoa Binh, Vietnam
Essence Hoi An Hotel & Spa - Vietnam

Essence Hoi An Hotel & Spa

This elegant hotel made a commitment to sustainability from the time of their grand opening in November 2013. They provide glass water bottles in all guest rooms and for complimentary water in the restaurant and meeting rooms. The quality of water served in glass is better than PET/plastic single use bottles and reduces the amount and cost of waste disposal. The clients and staff are happy to join hands with environmentally friendly policies. The hotel also recycles newspaper for trash bin liners and composts garden waste to make fertilizer.

Location: Dalat, Vietnam