February 2014: The elegant Protea Hotel Ryalls in the Malawian city Blantyre has switched to a system of filtered bottled water in its conferencing venues and bedrooms that will see a massive reduction of the hotel’s carbon footprint.
The hotel is the first in Malawi to make the move to filtered in-house bottled water, which means far fewer plastic bottles ending up in landfills.
The new sparkling and still bottling systems come from Vivreau, the company that provides the White House and Michelin-starred restaurants throughout Europe and the US with drinking water.
Vivreau systems provide for filtered water to be bottled on site in sterilised reusable glass bottles rather than the single-use plastic water bottles that are used in most hotels and conferencing facilities around the world.
This is not only good news for the environment, but for GUESTS, too. Complimentary still bottled water is available in reception areas and in GUESTS’ bedrooms, providing added value for visitors.
Protea Hotel Ryalls GM Mischa Lehner says the move was prompted by the hotel’s desire to increase its green standing and reduce its carbon footprint.
“We’re a very busy conferencing hotel and we’d rather offer filtered, sustainable water than plastic bottles that will take hundreds of years to break down in landfills.
“Besides the waste aspect, there’s the matter of it taking more than two litres of water to manufacture one litre of bottled water and on a planet battling to preserve resources, that makes absolutely no sense,” says Lehner.
Danny Bryer, Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue for the Protea Hospitality Group says: “As much as the environment is important to us as a group, we also realise it’s important to the companies that conference with us.
They seek to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible when they travel and this goes a long way towards offsetting that carbon footprint.”