AccorHotels has been committed to constantly work to redefine boundaries. The Planet 21 programme holds four strategic priorities namely; work with its employees, involve its customers, innovate with its partners and work with local communities, that demonstrates the ambitious goals for 2020. With Planet 21, Novotel Singapore on Stevens and Mercure Singapore on Stevens aims to provide a positive hospitality experience whilst keeping in mind the concerns for a sustainable future.
The dual-property on Stevens has taken a pledge to work towards a greener future by reducing and reusing what is commonly thrown away or wasted. With this pledge, both properties participated as a Soap for Hope partner to donate discarded soap bars collected from check-out rooms. These bars are reused after being cleaned and pressed into new scented soap bars. To understand where their efforts of collecting and recycling soap were going towards, the staff came together to partake in a workshop conducted by Diversey. These soap bars are recycled through a unique process and given a second purpose. Each soap bar would have additional natural ingredients added in, such as lemongrass or ginger, to name a few. This not only gave the soap bars a new scent but also, a medicinal value like helping to repel mosquitoes or a key to combating diseases. These soaps were eventually distributed to underprivileged communities.
Be introduced to a series of sustainable dining innovations with plant base food options available in both Food Exchange and Winestone. With the increasing millennial vegan population brought about by growing awareness of the benefits of a vegan diet such as lowering risks of heart diseases and the positive impact it has on sustainability, veganism is finally brought into good light. In partnership with Green Monday, an organisation that promotes a vegetarian diet at least once a week, the hotel offers complimentary vegan eggs on its buffet breakfast on Mondays.
The all-day dining restaurant, Food Exchange, serves scrambled vegan eggs on it’s a la carte menu for daily breakfast. For lunch and dinner, the culinary team took a Thai twist by including Omnipork Phad Krapow, a basil minced pork dish, using plant-based pork. Conversely, Winestone, the hotel’s modern-European restaurant has also added Beyond Burger and Beyond Meatballs to its menu. The new addition of four plant-based dishes that are entirely vegetarian, with vegan options are now made available upon request.
A partnership with local startup, treatsure, has also been introduced to help conserve the environment by redistributing food to others. An initiative to tackle the age-old problem of food wastage, treatsure offers boxes for guests to fill them up with treasures that can be found from the widespread of buffet variety available. With a small fee, guests are able to savour the delectable international cuisine at the comfort of their home whilst playing their part in conserving the environment.
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