Jetwing Hotels has now coined 29 September as ‘Zero Waste Day’ across its properties to commemorate the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste this week and to highlight the damage caused by food wastage and promote solutions to tackle the problem within the hospitality sector.
The ‘Zero Waste Day’ implemented at the properties encourage staff to be mindful about the waste they produce by monitoring and filling only a cup of waste in place of large waste bins during the day, thereby reducing the quantity produced, immensely. Hotels who have implemented this has seen a reduction in food waste up to 90%, for example, Jetwing Lagoon saw great success on Zero Waste day, being able to reduce food waste from an average of 3.08 kg per day to a mere 0.360 kg, and the hotel hopes to make the event a regular occurrence in the future.
The hospitality brand, constantly pioneering sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka has applied several practices to its operations within the hotels to reduce and manage food waste, inform staff and recognise the damage food waste can do to the environment and community. Initiatives such as weighing waste after meals in the cafeterias, donating buffet leftovers to local schools and publicly displaying infographics for staff have been ongoing initiatives done by the hotels.
Jetwing’s policy of local sourcing and ordering of supplies based on occupancy, has also helped reduce wastage during transport and storage. Since the hospitality industry tends to contribute to the issue of food waste, rather than simply disposing it, Jetwing uses it to generate renewable energy via onsite biogas digesters. Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 47 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. In line with the Jetwing Hotels Sustainable Strategy, across all properties sustainable and responsible practices are given precedence with resource efficiency, community upliftment and education, and awareness being some of its key focus areas.