Thursday, June 17, 2010

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort implements “Say NO to PLASTIC” campaign

KOTA KINABALU: Shangri-la's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu is fulfilling its responsibility towards the environment by implementing a “Say NO to PLASTIC” campaign in the resort.

Developed as an ongoing initiative, the campaign’s main objectives are to reduce the resort’s dependence on non-biodegradable plastic and to fulfil its responsibility towards caring for the environment.

Part of the resort’s “Say NO to PLASTIC” programme includes implementing the use of biodegradable plastic bags for the collection of wet and dry garbage and for composting. Made from thermo-oxidative degradable material, these bags will disintegrate into small fragments when exposed to heat and oxygen. Subsequently these fragments are devoured by micro-organisms and eventually excreted as water.

The resort has also provided canvas shopping bags as an alternative to regular plastic bags. These eco-friendly canvas bags are provided complimentary in each guestroom and have been introduced to encourage guests to use and reuse them while they are out shopping, and can be taken home as a souvenir.

The resort, as a popular caterer for outdoor events and confectionery, uses paper boxes instead of polystyrene for takeaway items such as cakes, pastries, packed breakfasts and lunches. Currently the resort is in the process of substituting its plastic take-away boxes with palm-based food containers. The containers are made from renewable resources such as palm and other agriculture crops and do not contain PVC, which can cause long-term health problems.

Recently, the resort implemented the use of eco-friendly rice husk children’s dining ware in all of its restaurants to reduce the use of plastic and to help conserve the environment. Made using heat compression and without toxic substances, rice husk dining ware is high in density, durable and able to withstand temperatures of between -30 and 120 degrees Celsius. Made from biodegradable fibre, it is reusable, easy to clean, suitable for raw and cooked food, and is dishwasher and microwave-safe.

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