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Swire Hotels

9 June, 2017
Sustainable Hospitality
Green Initiatives Implemented Across EAST Brand Hotels
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Here at Ecozine we love hearing how businesses big and small make changes to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. You can imagine how delighted we were to learn that Swire Hotels has recently implemented new and innovative programmes dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment at EAST Hong Kong, Beijing and Miami! As parent company Swire Properties is aiming to become the leading sustainable development performer worldwide by 2030, this is definitely one step in the right direction. All pleasantries aside, let’s dive into what each of these fabulous business hotels are doing to go green.

EAST HONG KONG

Urban Garden—Inspired by the demand for fresh, sustainable ingredients that promote a healthier lifestyle, Executive Chef David Parkin initiated the EAST Hong Kong Urban Garden project. The dedicated garden, which runs the length of the outdoor pool, houses pesticide- and chemical-free herbs, including basil, chilli, lemon, mint, parsley and coriander, as well as okra, green beans and peppers. Supporting ecological living, EAST Hong Kong uses these crops to make delicious dishes at Feast and delectable cocktails at Sugar.

GOMIXER—A state-of-the-art organic waste disposal system that was designed to proactively reduce food waste. A safe biological process, the GOMIXER uses natural enzymes to break down leftover food into a nutrient-rich water that is virtually odour free and can be disposed of through existing sewage treatment facilities.

EAST BEIJING

Organic Yunnan Coffee—In a continued commitment to support the world’s ecosystems by reducing harmful chemicals and practices, EAST Beijing is proud to serve the Jane Goodall Low-Carbon Organic Yunnan coffee blend. A portion of proceeds from every cup sold is donated toward the Jane Goodall Institute in China and Roots and Shoots, which promotes environmental protection and sustainability.

Paperless Approach—EAST Beijing is focused on reducing paper waste and keeping up-to-date with new green technology systems. From paperless check in and check out to supplying rooms with iPods loaded with information about the hotel and its surrounding areas, EAST Beijing eases paper usage and helps to protect the environment.

EAST MIAMI

Site Development—To increase energy efficiency, EAST Miami incorporates the Climate Ribbon at its outdoor pool and deck area. An innovative environmental management system designed by Hugh Dutton, the Climate Ribbon is an architectural masterpiece that works to capture trade winds from the ocean, bringing a natural breeze into the property. It also provides shade to the shops and terraces directly exposed to strong sunlight.

Water Efficiency—To reduce water use and save on energy, EAST Miami has installed a smart pump that regulates water pressure throughout the hotel, including an electronic water-loss prevention system in case of leaks or pipe damage. Each room is installed with efficient fixtures that reduce water usage without compromising on function. EAST Miami also collects and reuses rain water for the cooling tower and all landscaping treatments.

Swire Hotels is a forerunner in green corporate responsibility and sustainable hospitality. By integrating environmental considerations into each eco-friendly EAST hotel, Swire provides exemplary hospitality standards, service and technology while protecting the earth for future generations.

For more information please visit www.swirehotels.com

By: Ecozine Staff
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