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Family-run hotel bans plastic bottles and guests are all for it

Family-run hotel bans plastic bottles and guests are all for it
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Sektor :
Hotel and restaurant
Low cost
Resource savings: Waste:
Waste generation decreased by 20 % (2010-2015)
Associated cost savings: Waste:
Premises and operation areas:
Office management, Office building, Waste and recycling
Size of company:
Small (less than 50)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
One off investment:

In Bruges ... 

  • Reduced plastics use
  • 20 % less waste over five-year period

Hotel Fevery is a small family-run hotel located in the medieval city of Bruges which became the first fully Belgian hotel to apply for and obtain an EU Ecolabel certification. 

In order to meet all of the Ecolabel criteria, which include restrictions on the use of disposable products, the 10-room hotel stopped using plastic water bottles. For those guests who still preferred to drink filtered water, the management installed a water fountain. This relatively simple measure has contributed to a 20 % reduction in the hotel's overall waste during the five-year period 2010-2015.

Key results

At first, the owners worried that guests would complain about the new measure. But in the end, the opposite effect was observed. Hotel Fevery has received very positive comments on holiday and hotel review sites concerning its environmental initiatives.

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