By The Nation
According to the recent year-end audit, Sala Samui Choengmon Beach Resort alone has so far eliminated nearly 65,000 single-use plastic bottles, 53,000 plastic bags and 38,000 plastic straws.
The sustainability movement will drive the group to further deplete their existing supplies and identify alternatives to single-use plastic in 2019.
Situated in the northeast of Koh Samui, Sala Samui Choengmon Beach Resort leads the charge by replacing all single-use plastic usage with eco-friendly alternatives.
Plastic straws are substituted with biodegradable straws made of corn starch. Guests find their water in glass bottles in the minibar, rattan basket bins in the lobby and butter in glassware at the dining table.
Recently certified as a “Green Hotel” by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Sala Samui Choengmon Beach Resort further confirms SHG’s core values of sustainability, local sensibility and boutique luxury experiences.
Sustainability is at the heart of its decisions and actions, said Jon Ashenden, vice president for hotel operations. He explains that the green movement came naturally since the properties are on picturesque sites brimming with biodiversity and historical significance.
“Guests choose to stay with Sala because of our striking design, range of quality food and most of all, our locations in pristine, natural environments,” Ashenden said. “We have to do our best to protect it.”