Say NO to plastic


Sustainable measures we are implementing to remove plastic from our hotels.


At Red Carnation, we are actively working to eliminate single-use plastics. Over the last 12 months, we have been working on finding replacements for the following items of single-use plastic... 

1. Drinking straws 

We have replaced drinking straws with reusable and/or recyclable alternatives. 

2. Cocktail stirrers
We have replaced cocktail stirrers straws with reusable and/or recyclable alternatives.

3. Takeaway coffee cups and lids 
Replaced using either reusable and/or recyclable alternatives. 

4. Plastic water bottles 
We offer sustainable water bottle options to our guests.

5. Staff areas
In our staff areas we have eliminated plastic cups and cutlery.

6. Single portion packets of food
We have removed single portion plastic packets of items such as butter, jam and Nutella. This also includes breakfast cereal boxes which have a plastic inner bag and yoghurt pots. 

7. Plastic pens 
Although plastic pens could be deemed as multiple use, they are a single use commodity. We have provided a more sustainable alternative. 

8. Envelopes with plastic windows
These will no longer be used externally or internally in our hotels.

9. Pedal bin liners 
Plastic bin liners will not be used for lining individual bins in offices, bathrooms or staff areas. These will not to be replaced with non-plastic alternatives, as these materials could have a detrimental impact on staff ability to recycle its contents. 

10. Coasters
We use reusable or recyclable alternatives such as leather, cotton or paper with wax coated back. 

11. Linen and towel delivery 
We are working with our outsourced laundries (bed linen, towels and restaurant linen) to ensure that our laundry is collected and delivered without single-use plastic packaging.

12. Toothbrushes
Plastic handle toothbrushes have been removed and replaced with bamboo. There is currently not an alternative available to replace plastic toothpaste tubes but finding a suitable solution will remain a key focus.  

13. Guest dry cleaning bags 

Hotel staff no longer collect guest laundry in plastic bags. These have been replaced with a fabric alternative using natural materials such as cotton or jute.

14. TV remote controls
We no longer place sanitised remote controls in plastic bags. A paper wrap (using recycled paper) is used instead to inform guests the remote has been sanitised.

15. Kitchen piping bags
Alternative reusable or recyclable materials have been sourced as a replacement. 

16. Shower caps
To be replaced using either reusable or sustainable material which will biodegrade in 300 days. 

17. Emery boards
Glass nail files that are not wrapped in plastic will be made available upon request.

18. Cotton buds
Plastic cotton buds will be replaced by buds with a paper/wooden stick and not packaged in single use plastic.

19. Cotton pads
Cotton pads to be packaged in either paper/card to replace plastic sachet packaging. 

20. Afternoon Tea cake boxes
Our cake boxes will consist of paper and will no longer be lined in plastic.

21. Turndown and confectionary sweet bags
To be replaced using either reusable or sustainable material.

22. Red Carnation carrier bags

Red Carnation carrier bags will consist of paper and will no longer be plastic lined.

23. Wet wipes
All baby wipes, disinfectant and makeup removal wipes are to be eliminated.

24. Sanitary bags
To be replaced with sustainable material such as paper or compostable bags.

25. Combs

To be replaced with bamboo combs.

Read more about our environmental initiatives and our partnership with Belu water who are helping the UK hospitality industry to eliminate bottled water.

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