Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu is committed to making a difference in Sabah by reducing the environmental impact of plastic waste and by using plastic more efficiently. In turn, this is expected to create a cleaner environment that will benefit Sabah and the wildlife that inhabit the beautiful Bornean ecosystem, as well as travelers to this special region.
According to research from the Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP), about 33 percent of single-use plastic and about 85 percent of total global plastic used is not recycled. With this in mind, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu partnered with the PDP to reduce its use of single-use plastic throughout its facilities. On February 1, 2018, the resort eliminated the use of plastic straws at the resort. On April 1, 2018, the resort launched the Plastic Free campaign that aims to reduce its plastic footprint throughout its facilities. From July 2018, the resort introduced the use of silicone water bottles to replace single-use plastic water bottles.
“These silicone bottles can be purchased by guests at any of the resort retail outlets,” said Regina Sulit, director of communications at the resort. “To accompany the reusable bottles, the resort installed water stations through the resort, including the golf course.”
Since the introduction of the silicone water bottles, the resort has ceased providing single-use plastic water bottles on property. Moving forward, the resort plans to reduce its use of single-use plastic takeaway boxes by at least 250,000 per year.
“We are committed to identifying our plastic footprint in the resort, then working on a plan to reduce our plastic single-use items,” said Fiona Hagan, general manager of Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu.
The resort is the first property within the group to partner with the PDP. Through the partnership, the resort sets a baseline measurement of its plastic use and waste profile, allowing it to better manage efficient use of plastic.
While this is the group’s first partnership with the PDP, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu has taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint for years. In 2012, the resort built an in-house bottling plant that purifies water through filtration stages, producing still drinking water that is served throughout the resort in 1-liter glass bottles designed to replace the use of plastic bottles. This process allowed the resort to save over 365,000 plastic drinking bottles per year.
“Rasa Ria has always been committed to caring for the community and the education practices to protect our environment and conservation,” said Hagan.
“Our management and colleagues are excited to lead the way and to make a difference.”
Way to go, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort!