04 Aug The Ritz London awarded Green Tourism Gold
The Ritz London is delighted to have achieved the Gold certification from Green Tourism, the largest independent sustainable programme of its kind. Measured across ten different criteria throughout the hotel, including waste minimisation, social responsibility, energy saving and innovation, The Ritz London has achieved the highest level Gold Award overall, based on the level of the hotel’s sustainability.
Having first opened in 1906, almost 110 years ago, The Ritz London is committed at all levels of the business to both the conservation of the Grade II listed building as well as contributing to the future well-being of the environment. Recognising that the day-to-day services and operations have an impact on the environment, the team at The Ritz London strive to reduce the hotel’s environmental impact and carbon footprint through sustainable practices and minimising the potentially harmful effects of such activities wherever possible.
The Ritz London has partnered with CleanConscience, an innovative new company set up with the aim of reducing waste from the hospitality industry from hitting landfills, by recovering partly used soap and guest amenities.
The Ritz London was recently awarded Gold by Green Tourism in recognition of our commitment to sustainable hospitality. Our partnership with CleanConscience has enabled us to recycle all partly used guest soap and toiletries from The Ritz London, which otherwise would go to landfill. With the assistance of mainly disabled volunteers they then reprocess the soap and toiletries and donate it to charities in the UK and humanitarian aid agencies working in third world countries for them to distribute to people in need.
In the first month of introducing this scheme at The Ritz London our Housekeeping team led by Adriana Milea embraced the project and managed to fill 14 crates; it is straightforward. Gwen and the professional team from CleanConscience understand in detail the demands of hotel operations and make it very easy for hoteliers to recycle soap and toiletries in a hygienic and professional manner with complete transparency.
Paul Winfield-Brown, Maintenance Manager at The Ritz London
To qualify for membership of Green Tourism a business has to have 10 of the 12 measurement criteria already in place; to be awarded a Gold Award from the onset is brilliant and no mean feat. The Ritz London was already well on their way to achieving their membership but we’d like to think that achieving the Gold had something to do with being partnered with CleanConscience.
We are delighted to have played a part in assisting this London landmark to achieve membership of Green Tourism and are very pleased to be working with The Ritz London.
Gwen Powell, Founder and Project Director, CleanConscience
The Ritz London, a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, has a policy of purchasing the freshest ingredients available to the market place for each season. Local suppliers and where possible fair-trade produce are utilised to reduce the carbon footprint, enabling the shortest distance from farm to fork. The kitchen has been recently renovated and now uses induction throughout with no gas, making it far more energy efficient. The new workspace enables the majority of cooking to be done on planchas, minimising the need for fats and oils and the many traditional pots and pans, and therefore reducing the amount of water used in washing up and grease in the drainage system.
NOTES TO EDITORS
For over a century, The Ritz London has been the benchmark by which other hotels are measured. Perfectly located in a landmark position in the heart of London’s West End, The Ritz is moments from the finest shopping destinations the Capital has to offer, including the luxury designer brands of Bond Street and Regent Street and the unique and quintessentially British boutiques of Jermyn Street. The iconic hotel has long been the hotel of choice for Royalty, aristocracy, dignitaries and countless other discerning guests and is the first hotel to have received a Royal Warrant from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Following refurbishment it is sparklingly renewed though still retains the luxurious Louis XVI style interiors, meticulous service and the exquisite bar and restaurants for which The Ritz name is synonymous.
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