Environmental Initiatives

As a business we recognise we have a responsibility to care for the environment well beyond the legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and are continually improving our environmental performance. This is an ongoing process and managed by a very active Green Committee.

INNOVATION

In early 2020, we are pioneering an exciting new initiative to introduce a 95% plastic-free solution for our bath, body and haircare products, introducing an innovative collection of D. R. Harris toiletries & reducing our current consumption of 32,000 single-use plastic bottles of shampoo, shower gel, hair conditioner and body lotion per year to zero.
Tapping into the latest generation of effective bar formulations, the hotel's new range by D. R. Harris will comprise a ground-breaking solid 45g shampoo bar and a solid 45g body wash bar, as well as a body cream and a hair conditioner in fully recycled and recyclable aluminium tubes, and a 70g soap, all lightly scented with rose geranium. These practically-packaged, top quality products will be air-travel friendly, last longer due to their concentrated formulations, reduce water wastage and eliminate plastic packaging, whilst giving guests a pleasurable bath time experience and a memento to take home.

Reduce single-use plastics

Following an extensive audit, we are in the process of minimising the use of all single-use plastics throughout the hotel, including packaging materials from suppliers.
So far, plastic straws, cotton buds, sewing kits, stirrers, plastic toothpicks, measuring cups, takeaway coffee cups, cling film and food containers have been replaced by sustainable alternatives.
A major initiative is underway to replace all the guest bathroom amenities supplied in plastic bottles.

Reduce waste

We aim to reduce waste throughout all the operations, whether food or operational items, or energy & water.
LED lights have been retrofitted throughout - according to the Carbon Trust, the resultant annual reduction in CO2, Sulphur Dioxide & Nitrogen Oxide emissions is the equivalent of planting 177.48 acres of forest and removing 124.81 cars from the road.
Our hot water is generated by two CHP's, a technology recognised worldwide as a cleaner alternative, reducing CO2 emissions.
Solar film has been placed on all windows, reducing energy consumption.

Food sourcing

We vary menus according to season.
We serve vegetarian and vegan dishes to encourage meatless meals.
We keep food waste to a mininum and compost where possible.
We are in the process of reviewing all food sourcing to ensure we do so responsibly, taking into account human welfare, animal welfare, deforestation, eco-systems, climate change, business ethics, health & safety and the broader environment.
The bee hives on our roof produce enough honey to serve to guests at breakfast throughout the year.

Recycling

All waste is separated and recycled by specialists in their field, with nothing going to landfill. All food waste is composted.
We work with Clean Conscience, a UK charity that works to ensure the maximum amount of partially used hotel soap and toiletries are recovered, re-purposed and redistributed. Half-used liquid toiletries are decanted and repackaged in large volume containers, for corporate charity donation; full or almost full bottles are sanitised & placed into CareKit™ toiletry packs, given to women's refuges; empty plastic bottles and tubes are sent to an Energy from Waste facility; soap bars are sorted, cleaned, chipped and re-processed into soap powder and soap noodles, which are sent to the Kori Women's Development Project in Sierra Leone.

House car

Our elegant chauffeur-driven house car - a hybrid BMW 7 Series iPerformance - is available on a complimentary basis for the use of hotel guests for all-electric, locally emission-free drop-offs in Mayfair.

Awards

We have been recognised by Green Tourism with a Bronze Award and by Preferred Hotels & Resorts with a Certificate of Excellence in its annual GIFTTS Awards (Great Initiatives for Today's and Tomorrow's Society) for our sustainability efforts.