Green Travel Makes Headlines In 2018
Traveling sustainably is up there with drinking turmeric tea and outfitting in athleisure as one of the top trends for 2018.
Luckily Hotel ICON is perfectly placed to welcome socially and environmentally conscious travellers from around the globe, as noted by Cathay Pacific Discovery magazine’s January 2018 feature on "10 Ways To Become A Greener Traveller.” The article recognised Hotel ICON’s efforts to recycle waste, donate excess food and use a water-based cooling system that is 28 percent more efficient than traditional air-conditioning, and we hope to continue to be an environmental pioneer, inspiring innovation in the hotel industry throughout Asia.
Guests begin their green experience as soon as they touch down at Hong Kong airport and are whisked away in eco-chic style by one of the hotel’s fleet of Tesla Model S and BMW i3 electric cars.
Upon entering the hotel, visitors will behold a stunning 18-metre tall wall filled with lush greenery—the largest indoor vertical garden in Asia—designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc, which produces fresh, pure oxygen and reduces the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. As of 2018, the vertical gardens will be irrigated using cutting edge ORCA (Organic Refuse Conversion Alternative) technology, which will turn the hotel’s food waste into water, diverting 285 tonnes of food waste per year from landfills and recycling 135,000 litres of water per year.
All glass, plastic, aluminum and paper is recycled throughout the hotel, the guest check-in process is fully paperless, and guests are provided with a complimentary Hotel ICON tote bag to reduce the use of plastic or non-recyclable bags when shopping around town. Plus, all surplus food from the hotel’s restaurants is donated to local families in need, in cooperation with local charity Food Angels.
In 2018, Hotel ICON will also sponsor the Green Race, which specialises in organising road and trail running races, which are zero waste events, with the next events coming up on 31 March on the trails of Hong Kong’s picturesque Plover Cove and Pat Sin Leng Country Park.
With Hotel ICON at the forefront of the industry’s environmental practices, traveling green has never been easier, more stylish, and more fun!