Sustainability barriers in hospitality revealed

Sustainability barriers in hospitality revealed

New research from Brita Professional has revealed that 85% of hospitality businesses would consider themselves sustainable, but almost half don’t have specific corporate social responsibility targets in place.

In the Life is Better Filtered: The Planet Around You report, cost was highlighted as the biggest barrier to being more sustainable, with over 40% of companies finding it a challenge.

Three-quarters of businesses also believe that the government single-use plastic tax doesn’t go far enough.

Reducing waste levels is the current focus for eight in 10 businesses, with 70% of companies planning to reduce the use of single-use plastics and nearly two-thirds banning plastic straws. A third are also installing filtered water systems instead of serving water in single-use plastic bottles.

Other findings include over 40% of outlets wanting more information and advice on sustainability and 42% looking to partner with sustainable suppliers to help meet targets.

“It is positive to see how committed the hospitality sector is to adopting more sustainable practices,” says Brita UK managing director Sarah Taylor. “We understand the pressures in the industry and the challenges which can occur on the journey to becoming more sustainable.

“Supporting hospitality businesses to implement simple, cost-effective measures in their sustainability drive is more essential than ever. Our aim is to work in partnership with the sector, particularly in the fight to reduce single-use plastic, to continue to tackle sustainability issues head on.”