Circular economy in the hotel sector in Playa de Muro
Published: 16 August 2022
Following a circular economy model is very important for the Playa de Muro Hotels, which once again demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. The key to being able to continue enjoying the environment of the north of Mallorca in the future.
¿Qué es la economía circular?
The first thing we need to understand is the definition of Circular Economy, if we want to see how it can be applied to the hotel sector. It could be summarised in three points or phases of application:
The first phase is the optimisation of resources, with measures such as zero-kilometre purchases or good management planning, avoiding unnecessary supplies that can easily end up being discarded.
The second key to a model based on the circular economy is the reduction of consumption. Measures such as energy saving, more efficient facilities or sustainable attitudes in daily work, allow the consumption of hotel facilities and services to be controlled.
Finally, the correct use of resources ends with the correct treatment of waste. This point goes beyond recycling with actions such as composting, avoiding disposable packaging or single-dose products as much as possible.
The importance of Km.0 purchases
In the conversion of a hotel towards a sustainable model based on the circular economy, the purchasing policy of the establishment is essential.
Purchasing food and raw materials from producers as close as possible avoids the generation of thousands of tonnes of CO2 in transport and storage. This policy of purchasing nearby also helps to avoid the need to generate so much packaging, and some of it can even be returned to the producer for reuse.
In addition, the purchase of local food and products has many other advantages due to the ripeness and freshness of the products, which adds to the quality of the Hotel’s products.
Hotel consumption reduction
Now that we have a hotel establishment in the first step of the circular economy model, we need to move forward to “close the circle”.
A hotel’s day-to-day operations can have a very different impact on the environment if it not only buys responsibly and locally, but also manages resources correctly and minimises waste.
With measures such as controlling water consumption in gardens and communal areas, controlling purchases to avoid surplus material or installing water regulators on taps, savings of up to 40% can be achieved.
Another measure that achieves a very significant reduction in energy consumption is the installation and use of solar panels. Although this may initially involve a financial outlay, in the long run it will lead to significant savings.
It is these kinds of measures taken in the day-to-day running of the farm that can make the difference towards a sustainable model.
Recycling and reuse within the Hotel
To talk about circular economy and sustainability is to talk about recycling.
Now that we are buying efficiently and consuming as little as possible, we need to look at how we deal with the waste that is inevitably produced.
Recycling is the solution for a large part of waste, giving it a new life through appropriate treatment processes. In order for this recycling to be carried out, hotels must implement a correct separation of waste, so that it can be collected by the corresponding companies.
Recycling goes far beyond the separation of paper or packaging. The correct treatment of other types of waste such as small electronic devices, batteries, chemicals, oils, etc. must also be taken into account.
In order for this to be carried out efficiently, it is not enough for hotel staff to be aware of the problem and separate waste correctly. It is necessary to provide facilities so that the clients themselves, who are increasingly aware of the problem, can have suitable containers in the hotel facilities.
Composting: The solution for organic waste
If we want to go a step further with waste processing and treatment, we have to talk about composting and its importance in the process of implementing a circular economy model.
One of the most voluminous and important types of waste in a hotel is organic waste. By separating them correctly, we manage to reduce the rejection (which ends up incinerated) by a very significant percentage.
In addition, we can improve the process by introducing composting into the equation.
Composting basically consists of converting organic waste into compost, which can be used directly as fertiliser both inside and outside the hotel.
A very interesting model is the one implemented within the circularity model of Garden Hotels, which works directly with composting, returning the resulting product to local farmers, from whom it buys fruit and vegetables.
“The Garden Playa by Garden Hotels has been the first to achieve the prestigious certification issued by AENOR”.
This case is the perfect example of a circular economy within a hotel. The land produces the food that is used in the hotel and with its waste, the land is fed to produce new crops. All this without long-distance transport and reducing waste generation to practically zero.
Other sustainable and green measures
Within the operating structure of a hotel, we can always adapt to produce the minimum impact on the environment and it is up to each establishment to evaluate its processes to see where it can make a difference.
For example, the availability of charging points for electric vehicles means that conscientious customers select us as their choice of accommodation, as we offer them what they need in our facilities.
Use of energy efficient lighting, efficient air conditioning, reusable packaging… the options we can offer and implement are numerous if we stop to think about it.
The future of the hotel sector lies in the circular economy
If we want the hotel sector in Playa de Muro and Mallorca to have a long-term future, it is essential to make a commitment to management models based on the circular economy.
Generating the minimum environmental impact and conserving the resources at our disposal is the key to ensuring that our children enjoy their holidays as much as we do in Playa de Muro.