Industry Update
Press Release28 November 2019

Premier Inn Is Removing All Unnecessary Single-Use Plastics From Their Hotels By 2025

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Premier Inn

As the largest hotel chain in the UK, we have a responsibility to ensure our impact on the environment is as small as possible and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure this through our sustainability programme Force for Good.

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As part of that commitment, we pledge to eliminate* single-use plastics from our hotels and restaurants by 2025. We're already working closely with our suppliers to identify all plastic we use across our organisation and find alternatives wherever possible.

We believe this is the biggest commitment of its kind across the hotel industry, and a much needed one. We've already stopped using plastic straws and stirrers at our restaurants, and we've never used plastic miniature shower products at our hotels.

In total we're going to remove hundreds of millions of unnecessary single-use plastic items, like sauce sachets and nappy bags. Behind the scenes we'll be reducing our food and textile packaging - anything that isn't needed means more waste and increased carbon emissions. Necessary use of plastic, for example where it is required for food safety reasons, or where removal would have unintended environmental impacts, will still be subject to improvements and will be reduced or replaced with recyclable and recycled alternatives.

Our managing director, Simon Ewins, said, "Whitbread has a long history of minimising the unnecessary use of single-use plastics - Premier Inn has never used miniature bath and shower products and we were one of the first businesses to eliminate plastic straws and stirrers, so we've already made huge steps, particularly in terms of consumer-facing plastics - this is just the start."

"In many ways what we're looking at now with our 2025 commitment is the less visible stuff - the hard yards that collectively can make a huge difference. It's about forensically examining our supply chain and eliminating the use of unnecessary single-use plastics wherever we can - from the products consumers will notice, to those behind-the-scenes that they won't, right down to wrappers on textiles. As with any meaningful commitment to change - it won't happen overnight but we're unwavering in our belief that eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics is absolutely the right thing to do for our business, our guests and the environment."

The scale of what we're planning is huge, but we need to make these changes for the good of the business, our guests and the environment. We're looking forward to doing business better and cutting out unnecessary single-use plastics throughout all our hotels and restaurants.

*Plastics or plastic packaging that is: used instantaneously as a one-off application, (e.g. single milk portion carton) AND is unnecessary: For food safety purposes; to allow extended shelf life / protect product; or, where removal does not lead to unintended consequences (e.g. increased food waste / increased carbon emissions from additional transportation)

About Force for Good

Removing unnecessary single-use plastics is just part of how we're trying to do business better. Our Force for Good programme is about helping everyone - our customers, team members and suppliers - to live and work well.

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Award-winning Premier Inn is the UK’s largest budget hotel brand with over 650 hotels and more than 54,000 rooms across the UK and Ireland. Premier Inn bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, TV with Freeview, and WiFi Internet access.
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Whitbread PLC is the owner of the UK"s favourite hotel chain, Premier Inn and the UK"s favourite coffee shop, Costa as well as restaurant brands, Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns. Whitbread PLC employs 43,000 people in over 2,000* outlets across the UK, with its well-loved brands making every day experiences special for over 22 million UK customers every month. Whitbread has outlined growth milestones for 2016 and 2018. The 2018 milestones are to increase the number of Premier Inn UK rooms to around 75,000 and to double the size of Costa with global system sales of £2bn. In the year ended 28 February 2013, Whitbread PLC reported a 14.2% increase in Group Revenue to £2,030 million and Underlying Profit before tax of £356.5 million up 11.4%. Whitbread PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100. It is also a member of the FTSE4Good Index.

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