Meliá Hanoi and Meliá Ba Vi Mountain Retreat are the first hotels in Vietnam to launch PlasticShreds, an upcycle initiative that repurposes plastic already in circulation.
The initiative, organised by the global cleaning and hygiene products manufacturer Diversey, converts single-use plastic into plastic chips that are then combined with bitumen or asphalt for smoothing surfaces from roads to badminton courts.
“While plastic waste is a global problem, certain countries are experiencing the issue more than others,” said Ignacio Martin, managing director, Southeast Asia, t Meliá Hotels International. “Vietnam is one of the most stricken countries in the world - when it comes to plastic pollution - and we have to play our part to tackle the problem from all angles, by removing, reusing, and recycling.”
A core element of the PlasticShreds programme is removing and replacing plastic as the first priority, which is in line with Meliá’s own sustainability mission. Meliá properties have been actively working to reduce single-use plastic since 2018 and have already banned certain products, such as single-use plastic straws, replacing them with more natural alternatives.