The Grand York pledges to eliminate single-use plastic by December 31

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The Grand York is putting its green credentials in focus by pledging to eliminate single-use plastics by December 31.

The five-star hotel, which earlier this year unveiled the results of its £15m renovation and expansion programme, has set its junior board the task of identifying where and when single-use plastic is used in each department and how this can be cut back completely. 

The junior board is made up of junior members of staff and has the backing of senior management.

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After assessing the business, from the 207 bedrooms, to the spa and kitchens, the team invited suppliers to a sustainability summit at The Grand York to draw up a collaborative approach to eliminating the need for single-use plastics. 

Chair of The Grand’s Junior Board, marketing executive Olivia Odudu said: “When we started to really look into it, single use plastic was everywhere – from our branded marketing materials, to food packaging.

“What we wanted to discover was what could be used in its place – and so far the response from the suppliers has been really positive and enthusiastic.”

So far, proposed plans for change include delivering fruit and vegetables in cardboard punnets, rather than plastic packaging and refilling bedroom toiletries, while the company which launders towels and bed linen has agreed to remove the single use plastic used to protect it.

The ban on single use plastic is one element of a wider The Grand Goes Green initiative which the junior board is rolling out across the hotel in stages.

York’s only AA five star hotel, The Grand, York, was built in 1906 as the former North Eastern Railway’s headquarters.

In 2010 it opened as a hotel and in 2018 it unveiled 100 additional rooms – taking the total to 2017 – as part of a £15m expansion and refurbishment.

The Grand has two restaurants; The Rise for casual dining and Hudsons, a destination restaurant which offers five and nine course tasting menus.

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