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Reducing waste in the hotel sector

The Problem

Hotel guests have high standards, and that means regular refurbishments and replacement of furniture and decor items. The items being replaced are rarely at the end of their usable life cycle, but often end up as waste anyway.

Some of the reasons items from hotels end up in landfill or incineration:

  • Replacing electronics
  • Updating furniture
  • Updating carpeting, tiles and other building materials
  • Replacing tableware and glassware
  • Replacing artwork, plants and other decor

The Solution

Instead of sending these items from refurbishments to landfill or incineration it’s possible to create social impact through reuse. Many hotels have items that are very reusable and often help housing or family services charities.

When a company lists these surplus materials on Globechain within 24 hours the first requests are made and they get collected. We gather information on where the materials went, what social impact they had, what the weight of the product was and more. You are able to use this data towards your sustainability reports and earn BREEAM (UK) or LEED (Americas) points for your sustainable practices.

What can be listed?

What hotels can list on Globechain is pretty limitless (with the exceptions you’ll find on our help centre). Some common items from hotels are:

  • Furniture
  • Electronics
  • Tableware
  • Glassware
  • Appliances
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Curtains
  • Linens
  • Beds
  • Storage units

The Edwardian, Radisson Blu hotel in London chose to take a step towards sustainability by listing unneeded items for reuse. Many of their items went on to support housing and family services charities, schools and orphanages in Sierra Leone, as well as upcycling organisations.

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