All three hotels plan to remove single-use plastic water bottles from their operations
In line with its commitment to the UAE government’s Dubai Can initiative, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Spa and W Dubai – Mina Seyahi have become the first hotels in the region to partner with sustainable water brand BE WTR remove single-use plastic bottles from its outlets.
Through the collaboration with BE WTR, all three hotels plan to remove single-use plastic water bottles by 2023 and promote more ecological water consumption through the introduction of reusable glass bottles and an filtration system to purify local tap water for safe consumption.
The BE WTR process involves an on-site bottling solution, which will be located at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina and will serve the three properties.
The company’s innovative filtration system will purify local tap water with activated charcoal, and ultrafiltration, sieves out chlorine, bacteria (99.99%), microparticles and other pollutants, while keeping important minerals such as calcium and magnesium. The hygienic system produces still and sparkling great-tasting local water.
Reusable glass bottles will first be rolled out across restaurants, followed by the guest rooms and then onto non-guest facing areas including water consumption by employees.
The initiative also aims to support the reduction of the hotels’ carbon footprint by limiting the transportation of internationally branded water to only glass bottles and minimising refrigeration for cold water.
BE WTR glass bottle
Speaking about the launch, BE WTR founder Mike Hecker said: “As a regular tourist to the UAE, I have witnessed the enormous impact that imported and bottled water has on the local region. At BE WTR, we are passionate about helping the UAE to accelerate a move to sustainable water consumption and we’re delighted to be partnering with the hotels in the Mina Seyahi Complex to pioneer this initiative.”
Marriott International area general manager Tolga Lacin added: “Across the complex, we are extremely conscious of our environmental footprint and are always looking to improve our services and operations to make them more sustainable.
“Our partnership with BE WTR is an important and significant step in our journey to go single-use plastic bottle free by 2023. We look forward to being able to offer our guests premium local drinking water in reusable glass bottles while getting rid of a significant amount of plastic.”
The collaboration between the hotels and BE WTR supports the Dubai Can initiative, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, which is being implemented by Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism.
For more information, visit www.bewtr.com