Hilton Hotels UAE go plastic-free

Every year 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. Tourism is each a victim but also a contributor of the plastic pollution. Thus, tourism businesses and hotels worldwide are committed to reduce the tourism-related plastic waste.


A pilot project to reduce the tourism-related plastic waste was conducted on Balearic Islands. In the frame of the “Plastic-free holidays” project Futouris has developed and tested innovative measures in several hotels on Mallorca and Ibiza to reduce the amount of plastic waste as well as to increase the recycling rate.


Futouris member schauinsland-reisen and the hotel chain Hilton Group UAE are transferring and adapting these results to three Hilton hotels in the United Arab Emirates.


As a first step the plastic waste (quantity and type) generated in the three participating hotels are identified and analysed during an audit in each hotel. Moreover, the status quo of existing recycling and waste systems in the destination will be captured.

The results will be presented during kick off workshops to the hotels and their employees. Working groups with involved staff and suppliers interested to actively support the project will be built to jointly develop reduction measures.

In order to involve and motivate the staff to support the initiative engaging and interactive workshops will be conducted in the respective hotels, presenting the developed measures and receiving feedback from staff.

The jointly developed measures will be then implemented and tested in the three project hotels. An accompanying analysis will measure the waste quantities and gather feedback on the handling and any operational challenges from hotel employees and suppliers as well as asking guest for their feedback on the measures.

After the testing period a guidance with recommended actions for the reduction of packaging waste will be created based on the project results. This guidance will be shared with all Hilton hotels as well as with the Futouris members.


Project goals:

  • Reduction of plastic waste and plastic packaging waste through measurement, identification of avoidance potentials and possible alternatives.
  • Dialogue with key suppliers to jointly implement appropriate measures.
  • Reduction of costs for plastic disposal.
  • Involvement of hotel staff and guests through workshops and an appropriate communication strategy.

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Project location
United Arab Emirates
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Project partners
Hilton Hotels / Travel Without Plastic
Futouris contact

Tatjana Peters

project manager
+ 49 (0) 40 - 809034 - 4055