Shangri-La launches bottling plant as part of sustainability campaign-A A +A
Monday, May 19, 2014
TO LESSEN its carbon footprint and remain consistent with its eco-friendly practices, the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa launched recently its water bottling plant.
Employing the Classic Crystal Tropical Bottling System of EcoPure Waters, the high-end resort now filters, purifies and bottles drinking water on-site.
According to the hotel, the facility is equipped with a bottle filling station, filter monitor, bottle sterilizer, water cooler, bottle washing tray, and a loading and unloading bay.
“Working with the resort’s desalination plant, the purification system passes seawater through several meticulous stages of filtration, including UV light disinfection, to produce sparkling and pure still drinking water,” the hotel said.
Periodic microbiological testing is also performed by an accredited independent contractor to further ensure each drop of water is guaranteed clean and safe for consumption.
This green project is expected to save 250,000 plastic bottles disposed yearly and can substantially reduce the resort’s environmental impact.
‘Safety in paradise’
“This is an exciting opportunity for us as we continue to set a standard of excellence in hospitality, and strengthen our commitment to the environment and community,” said general manager Marco Vazzoler in a statement.
The hotel said this new water system solidifies Shangri-La’s promise of “safety and security in paradise” for future generations of guests and employees.
The bottled water will initially be offered in the Ocean Club rooms and suites and will soon be a permanent amenity in all guest rooms and banquet functions.
Under the umbrella of sustainability, Shangri-La’s social responsibility program consists of the two elements of “embrace” and “sanctuary.”
The embrace element focuses on Shangri-La’s Care for People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged
communities, while the sanctuary program concentrates on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 20, 2014.