Vietnamese hotels launch plastic upcycling programme

VOV.VN - Melia Hanoi and Melia Ba Vi are the first two Vietnamese hotels that have implemented PlasticShreds, a new plastic upcycling programme which seeks to reduce plastic waste.

The effort is part of an environmental protection mission by the Melia Hotels International Group in Vietnam that aims to reduce plastic waste in the hotel service business through tackling the problem of excessive plastic use.

PlasticShreds is the newest sustainability programme put into practice by Diversey, an American provider of cleaning and hygiene products.

The programme takes single-use plastic wastes and shreds them into plastic chips. These chips are then used as a gravel replacement for the mixing of building materials used in horizontal structures such as basketball or badminton courts, village roads, pavement, or simply to fill in potholes.

Ignacio Martin, managing director of Southeast Asia at Melia Hotels International, said that plastic waste is a global problem and Vietnam is one of the countries most negatively impacted  by plastic pollution.

In order to solve the problem it is necessary to work together in several different aspects, such as reducing, reusing, and recycling plastics, he said.

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