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Banning Single Use Plastic

Banning Single Use Plastic

The Solar Branco 1885 Eco-Estate is proud to be single-use plastic free.

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As part of our core mission to be the Azores’ leading hotel in sustainability and sustainable tourism, we are are the first to make a commitment to be 100% single-use plastic free in the Azores. To support this, we have launched the initiative #PLASTICFREEAZORES helping all businesses to reduce their single-use plastic. See more about what we are working on here.

But we go beyond just words written on a website and putting “eco” in our name. But none of this would be possible without guests and suppliers who work with us to help reduce this waste and help to protect the environment.

A small selection of the steps and alternatives we have to plastic are outlined below:

  • The Estate has banned all plastic water bottles from the premises in our pre-build. We will continue this practise once we open in 2020
  • We have proactively banned all plastic straws from ALL areas of the estate. From the breakfast area to the gin bar. We repeat – There are NO STRAWS
  • We will offer complimentary water in guest rooms as well as in the common areas (in recycled gin bottles or reusable glass jugs)
  • We were the first to adopt the TAP REFILL program in the Azores so that members of the public can refill their water bottles for free
  • Instead of providing plastic water bottles to staff, we offer filtered water and have purchased reusable stainless steel bottles for all staff members
  • Our coasters are made from wood that’s off-cuts or unwanted pieces from the wood mill
  • Our benches are made from recycled wood pallets (where possible)
  • We are working to removed single-use plastic bathroom amenities to ones that are made from recycled plastic (alas we are still searching for non-plastic alternatives available on the island)

Over 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute and nearly 80% of these end up in our landfills and oceans. At this rate, the amount of single-use plastic ending up in our oceans will outweigh fish by 2050, unless we make a change.

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