After they became the first hotel in Singapore to implement PLANET 21, the ibis Singapore on Bencoolen began looking for creative ways to lower their impact on the environment.
PLANET 21 is the sustainable development programme of global hotel operator Accor. With PLANET 21, the hotel – along with more than 3,500 Accor hotels worldwide – has made a commitment to operate more responsibly, with 21 core goals, such as a 15% reduction in water consumption, a 10% increase in energy efficiency and a total ban on endangered fish species – like shark – by 2015.
The team at ibis Bencoolen took up the challenge and set out to find locally-relevant approaches to meet these objectives. Months of brainstorming culminated in several innovative ideas that will be implemented in stages, but Eco-Pen is the first to see the light of day.
Sparked by the idea that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, the hotel has launched a unique initiative that will reduce its consumption of plastic, raise awareness about recycling and improve the standard of living for a low-income community. The Eco-Pen is made from recycled newspaper and will replace the traditional pens used in the hotel.
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