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With increasing concern for the environment and a growing interest in eco-friendly travel, international hotel chains are stepping up to reduce their impact.

Setting goals

Last year, Hyatt Hotels launched World of Care with the intention of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 27.5 percent. The chain also aims to decrease food waste by 50 percent and shift to refillable toiletries by 2030, which means no more mini soaps and shampoos.

Marriott International aims to hit zero emissions by 2050. While Hilton Hotels and Resorts has committed to cutting its environmental footprint in half by 2030.

Reduce and recycle

To reduce energy consumption, the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto switched all of its lights to LED in their 263 guest rooms, club lounge, parking garage and spa entrance. To heat and cool the hotel more efficiently, Hyatt Place Ottawa West added 225 solar panels to its roof. That is the equivalent of planting 38,255 trees!

In more than 70 countries, Hilton Hotels participates in a soap recycling program, which account for 5,300 of the chain’s properties worldwide. The company aims to stop sending any soap to landfills by 2030. In partnership with Clean the World and other groups, more than 11 million bars have also been donated to those in need around the world.

Sustainable practices

The Muir Autograph Collection in Halifax, N.S., has built eco-conscious practices into every aspect of its operations. The hotel was constructed using green roofing materials as well as local or reclaimed granite. The onsite restaurant, Drift, sources local, seasonal ingredients. 

To foster the growth of the local bee population, the Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District has a specially painted beehive for bees arriving at the property this spring.

As more hotels implement eco-friendly practices, they’re doing so while maintaining the quality of their services.

Expert Advice

If you’re looking to limit your carbon footprint when travelling, speak with a CAA Travel Consultant. They can provide you with knowledgeable advice and ensure you have the right travel insurance to protect your trip. Visit to learn more.

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