India’s largest hospitality company Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has reaffirmed its commitment to cut down the usage of single-use plastic across its hotels.

This reaffirmation of the commitment comes in the wake of World Environment Day 2023.

IHCL executive human resources vice-president Gaurav Pokhariyal said: “In line with the vision of IHCL’s ESG-plus framework of Paathya, we are committed to phasing out single-use plastic from all our hotels.

“From the elimination of plastic straws, replacing plastic-wrapped dry amenities with eco-friendly substitutes, the introduction of bottling plants to initiating zero-single use plastic hotels in the country, IHCL has stayed the course on beating plastic pollution.”

Claimed to introduce the country’s first-ever “zero single-use plastic hotel” – the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Andamans, IHCL stated that it has consistently taken steps to address plastic pollution and prioritise environmental sustainability.

The company has initiated the removal of plastic water bottles from its hotels and replaced them with reusable glass water bottles filled with treated water.

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Furthermore, IHCL has phased out the use of plastic straws and replaced plastic wrapping for items such as toothbrushes and shaving kits with eco-friendly substitutes.

Under the Paathya initiative, IHCL has announced its sustainability commitments for 2030, integrating sustainable and responsible practices into its business operations.