The world is addicted to plastic water bottles – so much so, that more than 200 billion bottles are purchased each year. In an effort to reduce this number, by albeit, a very small fraction, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi in Thailand has launched its own water bottling plant using a reverse osmosis system to fill renewable glass drinking bottles.
Centara Grand Krabi is embracing their environmental responsibilities. In recognition of the hotel’s environmental management programs, Centara Grand Krabi last year received EarthCheck Silver Certification.
The bottled water is filtered by using a hyper filtration system which removes particles as small as ions from the solution performing reverse osmosis which purifies the water and removes salts and other impurities and resulting in improved colour and taste.
“We have been working on this concept for some time now, and have followed the pattern that we have at our Grand Island Resort in the Maldives,” says David Good, vice president for operations at Centara Hotels & Resorts.
“Our bottling plant filters the water, which comes from underground wells, and uses renewable glass bottles rather than plastic bottles.
“We save on unnecessary use of fuel in transporting bottled water by boat, and we do not have the environmental problem of disposing of plastic bottles.
“Our own art department, under the direction of Winfried Hancke, has created a distinctive label for the glass bottles, and we feel that in addition to the environmental advantages we have a very attractive product,” added Good.
The first roll out of the water was distributed to guests in September, with the hotel reporting a very positive reaction from hotel guests.
Centara Grand Krabi is the first Centara in Thailand to bottle their own water, however Centara Hotels and Resorts are interested in introducing the water program at other resort properties, as part of the corporate environmental program.