voco Gold Coast’s crusade against plastic

In a bid to eliminate as much plastic from the hotel as possible, voco Gold Coast will replace miniature shampoo, conditioner and soap bottles with large bottle, refillable Aveda bathroom amenities in all its 389 guestrooms, reducing its plastic waste by 80 per cent.

In addition, the hotel has introduced smart-down bedding made from 100 per cent recycled materials and have replaced plastic water bottles with glass bottles in key areas of the hotel while also replacing all plastic straws with biodegradable straws.

voco Gold Coast general manager Brenden van Blerk said the roll out of large format refillable amenities is just one of many initiatives the hotel has undertaken to reduce the impact associated with its operations.

“We have been trialling the large bottle amenities for the last 12 weeks and the feedback we’ve received from guests was been overwhelming – guests have loved the concept and been impressed with our sustainability mission,” he said. “They have also loved the fact that we are using premium beauty brand, Aveda.

“As well as our crusade to reduce our plastic consumption, we have chosen to participate in a green waste program headed up by Gold Coast City Council whereby we recycle all of our food and scrap waste out of all of our kitchens. This waste is then turned into garden mulch which the council then uses on the garden beds and in parks and grounds, reducing the amount of water for these public spaces which in turn drives down the council rates charged to residents.

“We have also recently partnered with coffee brand Will & Co to be able to offer amazing handpicked coffee out of our Social House cafe. Will & Co is one of only a few brands that produce a biodegradable and compostable take away cup – so when guests leave the hotel, they know that they’re still doing their part.”

In addition to the hotel’s waste reduction program, voco Gold Coast has a resident beekeeper who manages more than 300,000 bees in beehives on its rooftop. The hotel uses the honey in its signature welcome honey and lavender shortbread biscuits, at the breakfast buffet and in Social House’s cocktail menu.