Environmental Solutions:  Wandi Pattrawee – Angsana Laguna Phuket and Angsana Villas Resort Phuket
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Environmental Solutions: Wandi Pattrawee – Angsana Laguna Phuket and Angsana Villas Resort Phuket

The amount of waste produced Phuket increases exponentially every year. According to Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana the average monthly amount of waste produced from October 2017 through September 2018 was about 925 tons so it’s a serious problem. Waste is not only an environmental problem, but also an economic headache. How can we change the way we produce and consume so as to lessen the island’s waste problem? Let’s have a look at some ideas from four hotels in Phuket.

Wandi Pattrawee – Director of Marketing Communications, Angsana Laguna Phuket and Angsana Villas Resort Phuket

We have a mission initiated at the end of 2018, to have in place programs to eliminate single-use plastics such as straws, bottles and bags and by 2020, to replace disposable plastic items with alternatives. Angsana Laguna Phuket and Angsana Villas Resort Phuket have a waste management project in the concept of ‘Five R’s’ as below:

Reduce
– Focus on specific items: straws, bottles and bags
– Replace and find alternatives and reduce consumption

Refuse
– Refuse single use plastics
– Refuse packaging
– Give opportunities for others to refuse

Reuse
– Offer reusable alternatives
– Donate products not used
– Creativity in how to reuse plastics in the hotel

Recycle
– Look for local opportunities
– Understand what types of plastic can, and cannot, be recycled
– Source items that can be recycled

Remove
– Cleaning communities
– Collaborate with others

Ban straws and give guests options while explaining why. Not only in the hotel restaurants but in staff canteens too.

In meetings use jugs and glasses only. We use refillable glass bottles and water fountains for associates. In order to reduce plastic and paper glasses the hotel gives reusable water glasses as a New Year’s gift.

We are one of the leading MICE hotels in Phuket. Most people think that chair covers are important for the events but if the chair already has an attractive design it’s not necessary to use a cover. We have invested in buying new chairs as an alternative choice for customers. Not using chair covers is better for the environment.

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