One of Yorkshire’s top hotels plans to turn away suppliers that can’t provide goods – including kitchen wares – in sustainable packaging and source from those who can instead.
The Grand in York aims to completely eliminate single-use plastic from its business by December 31.
And it has already started informing its existing suppliers that if they cannot find an alternative form of packaging in time then it will have no choice but to shop elsewhere.
The plan is the brainchild of the luxury hotel’s Junior Board, which is made up of junior members of staff and has the backing of senior management.
They identified where and when single use plastic is used in each department, from the kitchens, to the 207 bedrooms, the spa and even the marketing departments and offices.
Suppliers were invited to a sustainability summit at the hotel last month to explore the steps that can be done to eliminate single use plastic.
Olivia Odudu, chair of The Grand’s Junior Board, said: “When we started to really look into it, single-use plastic was everywhere – from our branded marketing materials, to food packaging. What we wanted to discover was what could be used in its place – and so far the response from the suppliers has been really positive and enthusiastic.”
General manager Philip Bolson said some uses of single use plastic were not so easy to overcome, such as the sheet which protects fresh fish from being damaged by the ice required to keep it in perfect condition, but he said the hotel is committed to working with its suppliers to find a solution.
“However, make no mistake, if an alternative to single-use plastic can’t be found then we will simply not stock that product or use that service,” he added.
The ban on single use-plastic is one element of a wider The Grand Goes Green initative which the Junior Board is rolling out across the hotel in stages.
The Grand is York’s only AA five-star hotel and was built in 1906 as the former North Eastern Railway’s headquarters.
In 2010 it opened as a hotel and in 2018 it unveiled 100 additional rooms as part of a £15m expansion and refurbishment.
It operates two restaurants: The Rise for casual dining and Hudsons, a destination restaurant which offers five- and nine-course tasting menus and overlooks York Minster.