Today, as Environment Secretary Michael Gove announces that Britain needs to do more to cut plastic, northern-based Nelson Hotels are leading the way with their new sustainable policies.

Nelson Hotels, which owns and operates four of Cheshire’s most prestigious hotels including The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and The Fishpool Inn, are taking a range of measures to make their hotels more environmentally friendly. The group are voluntarily reducing single-use plastics and are continually looking for new ways to reduce usage, with the goal of eventually cutting out all single-use plastics across the group.

The drive to eliminate single-use plastics has been well publicised, with the UK government having successfully implemented a 5p carrier bag charge in retail outlets and proposing a plastic bottle deposit scheme in March 2018.

According to a House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee report from 2017, of the 13 billion plastic bottles sold in the UK each year, only 7.5 billion are recycled. It is estimated that there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans and every year, one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and becoming tangled in plastic waste. Mr Gove said “our precious oceans and the wildlife within need urgent protection from the devastation throw-away plastic items can cause”. ​

Government schemes will only go so far in the country’s efforts to reduce the harm caused by disposable plastics, which is why many businesses are stepping up to play their part.

At The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, plastic straws have already been replaced by paper straws, coat hangers are changing from plastic to wood and metal, and tooth mugs are no longer wrapped in plastic.

Geraldine Cox, Housekeeping Manager for Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa commented: “After watching the David Attenborough documentary highlighting the damage to the sea with plastics, and in advance of Michael Gove’s announcement today, we were inspired to take action. There are so many ways to make a difference and even the small things matter. For example, we have banned the future purchase of plastic bags used for lost property.  We have also contacted our supplier of cotton buds and asked them to come up with an alternative to the plastic stick.”

Nelson Hotels’ most recent property, The Fishpool Inn, has an environmentally-friendly kitchen with an energy-efficient, all-electric, Eco-chef cooking range.This is specifically designed to substantially reduce energy consumption when creating the hotel’s range of modern British and European dishes, made using the finest locally-sourced ingredients.

The hotel and inn specialist have also gone for festive sustainability, giving diners a double dose of Christmas cheer this December by offering altruistic Christmas crackers.

The crackers, which will be available at The Fishpool Inn, The Pheasant Inn, The Bear’s Paw and Nelson’s Bar, are supplied by Duni. The Spirit of Christmas crackers have been sustainably designed, are made from FSC-certified, recyclable paper and do not contain a plastic toy. As well as helping the planet, the purchase of crackers from Duni includes a 7% donation to the charity Shelter, which works to help the homeless and people with housing issues.”

Other measures being taken to ensure sustainability by Nelson Hotels, which also operate The Pheasant Inn and The Bear’s Paw, include: using local companies for everything from food and drink to builders; using energy-efficient light bulbs; segregating waste for recycling; removing cooking oil to be used for bio fuel; using biodegradable bags for food waste; installing auto sensors in toilets to improve water efficiency; and moving customer feedback forms online to reduce paper usage.

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