Royal Park Hotels assumes a responsibility for helping to achieve the SDGs, and carries out various initiatives to meet the challenge while at the same time gaining the confidence of society as a whole as well as of our customers and suppliers.
Royal Park Hotels’ initiatives
Introducing biodegradable drinking straws
We are introducing environmentally friendly plant-based biodegradable* drinking straws to replace the roughly 280,000 plastic straws (straight) that we consume per year.
* Biodegradable drinking straw introduced: a product (made of plant-based resins, specifically, corn-based polylactic acid, a natural recyclable resource) that has been certified by the Japan BioPlastics Association (JBPA) for the Green Pla mark.
Adopting biomass-based room amenities
Ahead of the plastic resource recycling promotion act to be enforced on April 1, 2022, we are sequentially replacing guest room amenities(※1) with Eco Amenity Series products provided by SHINTOWORLD.
This environmentally friendly series uses mixed chaff and recycled plastics as materials, and adopts paper packaging. Among the items introduced, the hairbrush, shower cap and toothbrush are certified for the Biomass Mark 40(※2).
1 Toothbrush, hairbrush, razor, shower cap, body towel, cotton pads
2 The Biomass Mark is indicated on products that have a biomass content of at least 10% (dry weight) as well as meet specified standards for quality and safety.
Introducing mineral water in recycled bottles
Aiming to reduce waste and promote recycling, we will introduce mineral water in 100% recycled plastic bottles*.
The environmentally friendly bottles are made from plastic bottles collected as general waste and processed into recyclable plastics, with the aim of encouraging the recycling of plastic bottles.
* Some hotels refrain from offering mineral water as an amenity, in accordance with their sustainability policy.
Introducing fair trade food and beverage products
We support the fair trade movement, which promotes an arrangement for the ongoing purchasing of raw materials and products from developing countries at fair prices with the objective of helping producers and workers in emerging economies improve their living standards and achieve financial independence. As such, we are introducing fair trade-certified wine and Fairtrade International-certified coffee to our chain hotels.
Serving soups and hosting markets featuring sustainable vegetables grown using compost made from aquatic plants harvested from the Imperial Palace and biodegradable drinking straws (close-out campaign)
We prepared and served a cold corn soup and a hot onion soup featuring products grown on farms that, respectively, use compost made from biodegradable drinking straws and Trapa japonica, an aquatic plant that grows in the moat surrounding the Kokyo Gaien National Garden (inside the Tokyo Imperial Palace). The soups were lovingly prepared so as to bring out the inherent natural sweetness and tasty quality of the organic vegetables (close-out campaign).
We operated a vegetable market to make sustainable vegetables available to shoppers with the hope of arousing interest in the SDGs. The special market opened in September 2021 at The Royal Park Canvas-Ginza 8 and The Royal Park Canvas-Kobe Sannomiya.
This information is effective as of March 2022.
Original initiatives of individual hotels
Sustainable lifestyle hotel The Royal Park Canvas – Sapporo Odori Park
The Royal Park Canvas – Sapporo Odori Park, opened on October 1, 2021, is a sustainable lifestyle hotel that invites guests to “Experience Hokkaido” based on its local production for local consumption policy.
Inside the hotel, Japan’s first to be housed within a high-rise hybrid-timber structure, local timber is adopted for the lobby and guest rooms to allow guests to enjoy Hokkaido-themed spaces in addition to a rich lineup of local cuisines.
As an introduction to Sapporo, known as a city of jazz lovers, all guest rooms are equipped with a music center consisting of a record player and wooden speakers. Moreover, environmentally friendly products (made using mixed chaff as a material) are selected for some of the room amenities (toothbrush, razor, hairbrush, etc.).
・First to be certified under the HOKKAIDO WOOD BUILDING program
Hokkaido Government / List of buildings registered under the HOKKAIDO WOOD BUILDING program
・Won the Wood Design Award* 2021: Heartful Design Category Excellence Award (Forestry Agency Director-General Award)
* The Wood Design Award is a grant program run by the Forestry Agency. Launched in 2015, the program commends products and projects conducive to rediscovering the value and various uses of wood, with the aim of inspiring public interest in the large-scale adoption of wood materials for the enrichment of lifestyles and community activities.
Obtained the “Superior” (higher level) grade in the Y-SDGs certification scheme organized by Yokohama City
Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
Yokohama Royal Park Hotel obtained the “Superior” grade certification (given to higher-level operators) under the Y-SDGs certification scheme organized by Yokohama City in Kanagawa Prefecture (June 30, 2021). The hotel has set up an SDGs Committee chaired by general manager Takashi Ogi in order to enhance both its activities related to the SDGs and the awareness of staff in an effort to obtain “Supreme,” the highest-grade certification available under the program.
Yokohama Royal Park Hotel develops original activities in addition to the Group’s initiatives.
Reducing food loss and flower waste
We make effective use of unsold hotel-made bread and dishes collected from Coffret, a delicatessen and lounge on the first floor, before the expiration date in order to prevent food loss due to expiry or other reasons. Also, fresh flowers that have been purchased but not used for the decoration of lobbies, restaurants and banquet rooms are collected and reworked into small bouquets to be sold at Coffret.
Environmentally friendly guest rooms
For some guest rooms, we adopt eco-friendly amenities made with 40% less plastic, and collect bathroom amenity bottles to support the related project of L’Occitane. Additionally, we are working to diminish waste generated by the renovation of the Regular Floors, which started in January 2022. Major plans have been implemented to recover fine-quality furniture that had been used since the opening in 1993 for refurbishment and reuse, and to donate used down comforters to the Green Down Project.
Reuse of discharged water
We collect water discharged from kitchens in the hotel and in restaurants housed in the Yokohama Landmark Tower and purify it at a water reclamation facility for use in flushing toilets.
The aim of these efforts is to reduce the amount of drainage water discharged to ease the burden on the sewerage system while also promoting the effective use of water resources.
This information is effective as of March 2022.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a set of 17 goals and 169 targets described in the document titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” which was unanimously adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly. The SDGs are international goals intended to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) formulated in 2001 and to be achieved by 2030 while fulfilling the pledge to “leave no one behind.”