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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This boutique hotel’s comfortable villas grace the bank of the River Pai just outside Pai town center in Mae Hong Son Province. Baan Krating is designed to offer the feel of private home living surrounded by the beauty of nature. Since they opened ten years ago, they have adopted the sustainable practice of using glass water bottles in the guest rooms and their all day dining restaurant.
Recognized by Green Globe, global certification of sustainable tourism, the Anantara Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai, Thailand, actively seeks to conserve natural resources and reduce pollution. For example, they use glass water bottles and filtered tap water throughout the resort and notify guests of the option to not change their bed linen and towels during room service.
The Anantara Si Kao Resort and Spa, a family-friendly waterfront hotel on the Andaman Sea south of Krabi, Thailand, proudly holds the gold standard of environmental sustainability in the tourism industry with their Green Globe Certification.
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.
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.
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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.
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