Falmouth’s harbourside Greenbank Hotel has taken another step towards going entirely plastic-free, this time eliminating the use of plastic toiletry bottles.
In partnership with local potter Natalie Bonney and beauty brand Living Sea Therapy, the 61-room hotel has replaced all plastic toiletry bottles with handmade ceramic ones.
The hotel estimates that the move will cut out tens of thousands of single-use plastic bottles each year.
It hopes that its actions will inspire other businesses to do the same.
Greenbank Hotel managing director Ben Young commented: “At The Greenbank we believe we have an obligation to seek out the most sustainable business practices to support our climate, the local economy and our Cornish community.
“We also believe that deeds speak louder than words, so with levels of business at an all-time high we have found that the amount of little plastic toiletries bottles that we were getting through was increasingly unbearable.”
He was alarmed by the reaction of the hotel’s previous supplier, when he mentioned the idea to them: “When we discussed going plastic-free, the only solution they could come up with was larger disposable single-use plastic bottles.
“We see this as a true issue in the hotel sector and we were determined to do our bit to make a positive change for the better, hoping others may follow our lead.”
Creator Natalie Bonney added: “The precision involved to make all the bottles fit a screw-threaded pump top and a wall bracket whilst being functional and visually attractive was a challenge.
“I was determined to make something that ticked all the boxes and I’ve definitely learnt some new skills. Thankfully the hotel team are lovely and very patient.
“As we all know we must take more responsibility for what we use on a daily basis, so the less plastic that’s used in the first place the less we have to worry about it polluting our environment, especially here in beautiful Cornwall.”