Park Hyatt to reduce single-use plastic usage

The unit will provide purified quality water in recyclable glass bottles to the hotel guests

By Author  |  Business Bureau  |  Published: 11th Dec 2019  12:00 am
Park Hyatt
Vikas Shah, COO, Water Health India; Marie Fukudome, director of Environmental Affairs, Hyatt Inc, and Thomas Abraham, GM, Park Hyatt, at the purification cum bottling unit.

Hyderabad: Single-use plastic is becoming a major concern. In order to reduce the waste, Park Hyatt Hyderabad has partnered with WaterHealth India to set up water purification cum glass bottling unit at its hotel premises.

The unit will provide purified quality water in recyclable glass bottles to the hotel guests. This initiative, a fully automatic and IoT [Internet of Things] enabled unit providing water in ‘super flint’ glass bottles, is expected to reduce single-use plastic waste at the hotel.

The plant uses IoT based technology to monitor [on a real-time basis] several key parameters such as cleanliness of water, pH and TDS [Total Dissolved Solids] of water, batch number, date of filling, etc.

Other than monitoring the water chemistry parameters at the plant, the QR code on the glass bottles (when scanned through a mobile phone) helps the consumers/users check the pH and TDS values of the purified water.

Speaking at the inauguration of the bottling unit, Thomas Abraham, Area VP-South India and GM, Park Hyatt Hyderabad said, “Not only does the initiative contribute to the environment by reducing carbon and fuel emissions and reducing plastic waste, but also to human health, as it helps prevent millions of micro-plastics from leeching into the body. In India, people are resorting to landfills with these plastic bottles, with no clear thought on what to do with this plastic. Our contribution is 2.5 lakh plastic bottles a year, so we took a commitment to reduce it by 2.5 lakhs by switching over to glass bottles.”

This project will help the hotel save over 3.5 lakh litres of water, 200 MW of energy and restrict over 20 tonnes of carbon emissions.

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