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Most people feel very virtuous when they grab a bottle of water off the supermarket shelf rather than that carbonated sugar bomb or preservative-laden fruit juice, but have you ever stopped to think about what you’re buying?
But here’s the thing... Would you stop reaching for that bottled water if you knew you’d save enough oil to power SA’s cars for an entire year? Or how about if you knew that for every 1 litre you drink, 2 more litres were wasted in the manufacturing process?
The hotel group has started a process to phase out bottled water in their conference facilities and rooms, and more than 30 hotels are already using an environmentally-friendly in-house water purification/bottling system this is saving thousands of bottles from ending up in landfills daily.
“As much as the environment is important to us as a group, we also realise it’s important to the companies that conference with us. They seek to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible when they travel and this goes a long way towards offsetting that carbon footprint,” said PHG Group Operations Director William Ford.
And according to Ford, over the next few months another 30 hotels will replace plastic water bottles with reusable glass bottles and water purification/bottling systems, further reducing the company’s landfill contribution.
This is not only good news for the environment, but for GUESTS, too. Complimentary still bottled water is available on restaurant tables at every meal, in reception areas and in GUESTS’ bedrooms, as well as in hotel bars, providing added value for visitors.
Ford added that the transition in the 30-odd hotels from plastic bottled water to filtered water in glass bottles had been an unmitigated success with no complaints from GUESTS or hotels.