During 2021, the Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific Green Team rolled out an extraordinary number of sustainable initiatives across 22 managed resorts in the Club Wyndham South Pacific resort collection.
Club Wyndham South Pacific has 52 resorts across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Fiji, Thailand, Hawaii USA, and Europe and close to 60,000 vacation owners.
From a digital in-room experience, to the roll out of sustainable bamboo room keys, green practices have been prioritized across the resort portfolio, further enhancing the club’s existing multi-award winning CSR program.
The Green Team of 30 passionate Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific associates from eight Asia Pacific countries meet once a month via Zoom to drive green projects. The team, working closely with procurement and resort operations teams have managed to place a sustainable lens across every aspect of a resort stay.
From Port Douglas in Australia near the Great Barrier Reef, to Wanaka in the pristine Southern Alps of New Zealand to the breathtaking island of Phuket in Thailand, Club Wyndham South Pacific resorts are located in some of the most beautiful destinations on Earth.
The Green Team works to preserve the environments in which the company operates for future generations through the implementation of sustainable practices.
The following projects were initiated in 2021.
• Sustainable and biodegradable bamboo cards have replaced plastic hotel room keys in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji eliminating 5,314 plastic cards per annum
• Elimination of the majority of plastic and paper collateral with a digital in-room experience
• 81% reduction on paper consumption at corporate offices with employees encouraged to go paperless
• Replacement of plastic biros at resorts and corporate offices with sustainable wheat straw pens – 132,000 per year
• Pens are no longer wrapped in individual plastic wrap – The Green Team requested the suppliers no longer use plastic individual packaging on pens eliminating 132,000 wrappers from production.
• Removal of plastic packaging on orders of USBs eliminated 127,000 wrappers per year
• Bulk amenities in 100% recycled containers are replacing small single-use amenity bottles for soap, shampoo, conditioner etc. in guest rooms and club apartments
• Implementation of energy-efficient lighting across the resort network
• Replacement of plastic straws with eco-friendly straws, such as pasta straws across the resort portfolio
• Holding of litter ‘clean up’ events annually across the network
• Composting at multiple resorts and corporate canteen
• Establishing vegetable and herb gardens at multiple resorts
• No balloons used at events or celebrations across resort portfolio
• e-signature technology for a paperless contracting process
• Monthly monitoring, recording, and optimising of energy and water
• Furniture recycling program in place with every resort refurbishment with approx. 8 tonnes recycled per year
• Grey water harvesting and irrigation at Club Wyndham Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania
• Replacement of petrol buggies with e-carts at Club resort at Phillip Island, Australia
• Use of free-range eggs at resorts in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
• Sustainably sourced suppliers
• Plastic wrap removed from bedding – linen suppliers were asked to reduce plastic wrapping eliminating 440 pounds of plastic a year
• An in-room video educates guests and club members on sustainable travel
• Electric car charging stations are being installed at a number of resorts
• Compost collection introduced at a number of resorts to reduce landfill
These initiatives have added to other processes rolled out in the past years including a ban on plastic straws and balloons and usage of bio cutlery and packaging across food and beverage outlets.
The next phase of works planned is to roll out these initiatives to more managed resorts in the club collection across Asia.