Plastic Smart

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The programme is designed to place the Irish Hospitality & Tourism Sector at the forefront of the War Against Plastic and show that the sector is not alone concerned about its environmental responsibilities but willing to take direct actions to reduce its impact.

Plastic Smart – a GREENMark by GreenTravel.ie – Introduction and Application Form

Plastic Smart Checklist & Guide

Plastic Smart Pledge

Additional Resources

Single Use Plastics (SUPs) have been identified as one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues with millions of tons every year dumped into the seas and rivers and not alone killing sea life but enabling micro-plastics to enter the human food chain.

Many hotel and hospitality businesses around the world have already made commitments to eradicating SUPs such as Red Carnation Hotels, Marriott, Hilton, Soneva, Melia, etc. amongst the leading activist hotel companies.  In Ireland the Insomnia Coffee Chain has initiated a compostable only coffee cup policy and Musgraves have committed to only using compostable cups in its coffee shops by September 2018.

The Sector should not be seen to be playing catch up but should step forward and show leadership in this area.  The short-term additional costs will be outweighed by the goodwill engendered from all stakeholders – Customers, Employees, Government, Local Community, Suppliers, etc.  As compostable SUP’s become the norm the cost differential will decrease and we will end up with a more sustainable society.

In 2002 Ireland was the first country in the world to introduce a charge for single use supermarket plastic bags and almost overnight saw a 95% reduction in their use.  There is no reason that we cannot address the SUP’s challenge as well.

SUP’s are used across the hospitality sector – both customer facing and behind the scenes.  The GREENMark by GreenTravel.ie “Plastic Smart” programme has 2 key focuses – Minimise SUP containers in customer areas and work with suppliers to consistently reduce other plastic items , non-reusable plastic containers and to standardise the composition of containers to ensure that they can be easily recycled.  The programme has 2 levels – Plastic Smart – Good Practice (primarily customer facing) and, in due course, Plastic Free – Best Practice (Whole of property approach)

The immediate SUP’s targets for the sector are;

Plastic Bottles (Of all sizes), Non-compostable Coffee Cups and Lids, Plastic Straws & Stirrers, Coasters, Food Containers, Takeaway cutlery/plates, In Bedroom amenities and toiletries, etc.  (GHP has a sister programme that assists the reuse of shampoo, Gel, conditioner, lotion bottles and soaps – the Clean the World Programme) 

There are 4 key parts to this programme;

The Plastic Smart Pledge – Tourism & Hospitality businesses sign up to the programme and commit to implementing it over a defined period – Major improvement is required within first 12 months.

Achieving the “Plastic Smart” standard.  The GREENMark by GreenTravel.ie Plastic Smart Standard (Good Practice) will be awarded to every business that has implemented the required standard.

Continuing the work – Having achieved the minimal presence of  SUP’s in customer areas the business will work with their suppliers and their representative organisations to identify alternatives to other plastics and SUP’s that are delivered by suppliers.

Communicating the Actions:  Each business will create an easily accessible page on their website and will publish their actions, plans and targets and update their progress at least on an annual basis

Plastic Free Programme Cost

Administration Fee:   €195  (Includes registration, listing, Logo when achieved, window sticker, 1 years programme membership)

Year 2 Plus:                  €95 per property – Free for GHP.ie members

If you want to be part of the programme contact us at info@greentravel.ie or fill in the application form and email it to us.