Hilton Benelux opened on Tuesday 24 July the first plastic-free hotel room in the Double Tree hotel near Amsterdam Central Station. The room is part of the global theme week that Hilton and its partners organized around the ‘cut down on plastic’ and marks the start of a new era. TWO-O has an important role in this special plastic-free hotel room.
TWO-O was approached for this concept as a partner of HBMEO and the Hotelkamer van de Toekomst. Earlier this year, TWO-O launched their first collection of interior accessories, including the functional coffee table, which is representive in the plastic-free hotel room. Bob Koning: “The table has a double function as a coffee table and desk and therefore fits perfectly in hotel rooms where space is generally scarce. It is also plastic-free! In addition, the lamps and bedside tables from the new collection were given a place in the room on top of that TWO-O designed a unique chair made of only wood and steel.
Hilton went much further in developing the Plastic Free Hotel Room than just replacing the single-use plastic items. General manager Caroline Receveur: “We tried to replace all items that contain plastic with a natural alternative. The carpet was replaced by a durable wooden floor, the bed was replaced by a bed of 100% natural materials and the curtains were made of natural linen. The result is a pleasant space, with a high-quality, natural look. Not for everything was a plastic-free replacement available. For example, we decided to replace a television with a wooden chess game.”
Caroline Receveur: “For us, the creation of the room was a very instructive process. It made us aware of the facts about how much plastic is in all the things around us and made us a lot more fanatic to reduce the use of plastic in our hotel. If there is one industry where you can achieve big effects with relatively small changes, it is the hotel industry. We try to join forces with both the Hilton hotels and our Amsterdam fellow hoteliers, because only in this way can we ensure the cultural change that is needed.
The Hilton Plastic Free Hotel Room is made possible in part by Bebo Vloeren, COCO-MAT, Dutch Home Fabrics, Hans Grohe, Silvaluxe and TWO-O. The room is rented to guests of DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station, with part of the proceeds going to the Plastic Soup Foundation.
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