Bangkok Gets Its First Plastic Free Hotel
Akaryn Hotel Group aims to become a single-use plastic free hotel company by 2020. The Group’s newest opening, akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok, launching in May this year, is set to lead the charge in this initiative by becoming the first new hotel in Asia to launch without single-use plastic in its rooms or food and beverage outlets.
An environmental and social conscience is deeply rooted in the philosophy behind Akaryn Hotel Group’s Aleenta and akyra hotel brands with eco-led decisions and policies playing a central role in business development and hotel operations. Anchalika Kijkanakorn, Founder and Managing Director of Akaryn Hotel Group wants this philosophy to extend even further into the guest experience at the soon-to-open akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok.
“Our eco-friendly approach in Bangkok began by sourcing glass bottles and containers, with a commitment to no single-use plastic used in the restaurants or bars. The hotel will extend the initiative for guests on the go with stylish akyra stainless steel water bottles presented on arrival that can be refilled anytime during their stay,” she explained.
Self-service drinking water will be conveniently dispensed on every floor to make refills easy and guests can also take their bottles with them on excursions and shopping trip around the city. Bathroom amenities will be presented in locally manufactured ‘celadon’ pottery containers filled with essential oil-based products. Bio-degradable bin bags will be used in all rooms and shopping bags will be available to encourage guests to refuse plastic bags when indulging in some Bangkok retail-therapy.
With over 8 million tonnes of plastic thrown away each year and the confirmed existence of a ‘7th continent of waste’ spread over 3.4 million sqm in the Pacific Ocean, the world is waking up to the dangers of plastic.
“Consumers are now more and more frequently seeking out responsible businesses that take care of our planet and we are proud to have been such a company since we first began operating some 15 years ago,” added Ms. Kijkanakorn.
A brand new hotel with serious style credentials, the 50-room akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok offers guests re-imagined urban accommodation in the heart of the city. The hotel is ideally located on Sukhumvit Soi 20, an area of Bangkok known for its buzzing atmosphere, high-end retail, green recreation spaces and fine dining.