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.
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.
This brand new hotel started business with the sustainable values of “reduce, reuse and recycle” firmly in place. They reduce waste, reuse glass water bottles in the guest rooms and restaurant and recycle plastic, glass, tin and paper. They reduce waste by not offering small packages of foods such as butter, jam, coffee, cream and sugar. Instead, these items are served in refillable containers. Buying in bulk is cheaper too. The same goes for the shampoo and shower gel in the bath. Instead of single use disposables, the lodge uses refillable containers. The recycling proceeds are given back to the local staff.
Guests staying at the Evason Ana Mandara in Nha Trang will not find the usual complimentary plastic water bottles in their rooms. Instead, there is a glass water bottle provided that will be refilled for guests by the property’s staff. Another aspect for the resort to focus on is the reduction of waste or rubbish in general. For example, the Evason Ana Mandara has agreements with its suppliers to reduce packaging.
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.
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.
Our newest addition to our list of hotels using glass water bottles is Pearl Beach Resort located on the tiny island of Gili Trawangan off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia. This small, eco-friendly resort has been providing guest’s drinking water in complimentary glass water jars. In the resort’s restaurant, there is a water dispenser to refill the water jars as needed.
The newest addition to our growing list of hotels that use glass water bottles is 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, situated in Thailand’s mountainous north. The resort provides complimentary drinking water in glass bottles to guests in their rooms and also in all its restaurants. Filtered tap water is also used in its restaurants and kitchen during the cooking and preparation of food.
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.
The Memory At On On Hotel is the newly renovated property of the former On On Hotel originally built as the very first hotel in Old Town Phuket in 1929. The new minimalist design includes classic features with antique decorative touches. The historic hotel also employs cost saving and eco-friendly policies such as waste separation and recycling and uses glass water bottles in each guestroom. The water bottles are also recycled and refilled by their supplier.
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Click to learn more about TAP: Travelers Against Plastic – a United States based non-profit organization educating travelers on the importance of using reusable water containers instead of buying and using plastic bottles.