MoEF suggests ways to make India's luxury hotels more environment friendly

Mail Today Bureau   New Delhi     Last Updated: August 13, 2013  | 00:00 IST

In a move aimed at cutting down the wastage of food and water by India's luxury hotels, the government has come up with a set of guidelines to make these hotels more environment friendly.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has advised the posh hotels of the country to make sure they donate the unused, leftover food to local shelters or food banks and give their guests the option to order in half portions.

Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan presented the guidelines prepared by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

While keeping its focus on reducing food wastage, the green ministry also asked these hotels to treat all the waste water generated from kitchen, laundry and domestic sewage in a biological sewage treatment plant.

"Assuming a 50 per cent occupancy rate, a 200-room hotel uses almost eight million gallons of water in a year. Using water-efficient fixtures could save nearly 2.5 million gallons of water a year," the guidelines suggest.

The CPCB even went a step ahead with its directions and asked all the posh hotels to also use the toiletries economically.

"Purchase refillable soap, hair rinse and hand lotion dispensers for guest rooms. Buy towels and sheets made of 100 per cent natural cotton, containing no chemical, bleach or dye. Donate used linen as well as other partially used products to local shelters and charities," the guidelines state.

The ministry also suggested hotels to encourage environmentally responsible purchasing practices and to buy recycled products.

"Purchase tissues made from recycled paper. And buy biodegradable cleaning products," the guidelines further mention.

Natarajan said the five-star hotels have been advised to adopt appropriate environmental-friendly measures including waste reduction, water conservation and energy conservation.

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