TOKYO -Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo(KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will in principle eliminate use of plastic straws and replace them with paper straws at its four hotels located in Shinjuku, Tama, Hachioji and Sapporo effective from December 1, 2018. This move reflects our concern for the global movement to reduce the amount of plastics which wind up polluting the oceans by eliminating use of plastic straws and is part of our various efforts of our Hotel Group to protect the environment.
The Keio Plaza Hotel Group had used some 430,000 plastic straws per year and in principle will shift completely to use of paper straws given to customers ordering beverages in our various bars, restaurants, banquet parties, and in hotel rooms. However, we will make flexible plastic straws available to customers who specifically request them.
The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo has implemented various measures as part of its environmental conservation efforts for many years. Some of our efforts include reduction of biodegradable garbage volume by two thirds through the use of vacuum drying processing equipment, and bio-processing to eliminate odors, particulate matter and bacterial impurities from kitchen waste water, of which part is recycled for use in toilets. We also introduced energy conserving equipment in our air conditioning systems to reduce carbon dioxide output and become an even more environmentally friendly hotel operator. The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo also became the first high rise hotel in Japan to participate in Japan’s first regionally shared communal air conditioning system at the time of the start of our operations in 1971, and we will maintain our efforts to implement environmental conservation measures based upon our 47 year track record of implementing measures to protect the environment. We will also implement measures to maintain high levels of safety for our delicious foods served to our customers.
History of Our Environmental Conservation Efforts
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, located in Shinjuku at the very heart of the nation’s capital Tokyo, is one of Japan’s leading international hotels. Our hotel boasts of over restaurants and bars, and we host a wide range of local and international guests who visit us for our welcoming facilities, warm hospitality and unique services that allow them to experience Japanese culture, including ourwedding kimono fitting experience,tea ceremony,ikebana experienceandmany others. For more information about our facilities and services, please visit ourwebsite,YouTube,FacebookorInstagram.
Contacts: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, Public Relations Manager
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