CONTINUING our series of interviews looking at businesses and organisations around Lyme Regis that are planning to become single-use plastic free, Karen Durham-Diggins of Plastic Free Lyme Regis speaks to Sean Smith, general manager at The Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant.
WHAT do you think are the benefits of being Plastic Free as a business?
For the Alexandra, being plastic free is very important to us. Our customers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to protect our environment and the reduction in plastic is a major factor in this.
We feel that guests appreciate businesses that can clearly demonstrate their commitment to green issues. As a coastal destination hotel, a cleaner plastic free sea, ocean and beach can only benefit us all and future generations of the community.
WHAT has been the hardest challenge on working to be Plastic Free?
As a business we reply upon suppliers for many different products within the hotel and restaurant. In most cases such products come packaged with some element of plastic on delivery.
Being able to source companies who in turn do not use plastic themselves can be very challenging although we do see progress in this area and believe things will become better in the near future as momentum gathers on this very important issue.
WHAT do you hope to achieve in the future?
We have long had a commitment to the environment as this has been close to the heart of our director who has worked in environmentally fragile places in the world including Africa and the Caribbean and taken part in environmental projects during her time in these areas. It is therefore very important to keep pushing boundaries and improving in any way to make our impact less and continue with our strong commitment towards taking better care of our environment.
The aim, of course, is to eventually become completely plastic free as a business. Many plant based biodegradable alternatives to plastic are now becoming increasingly available in the market place and we want to utilise as many as is realistically possible. We feel this goal is achievable with continued product development, new government initiatives and the support of local and national communities. Our main focus needs to be on encouraging our suppliers to use plastic free packaging.