At InterContinental Wellington we are continuously seeking new ways to minimise our impact on the environment and reduction of energy, water and waste. We are proud to have joined 500+ New Zealand businesses who have signed up to the Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) Sustainability Commitment. This initiative sees New Zealand tourism businesses uniting together, to achieve the vision of creating a truly sustainable tourism industry and preserving the future of the place we call home.
InterContinental Wellington focuses on the following Environmental Initiatives:
The Environment is something we care about deeply at InterContinental and IHG. With hotels in beautiful and natural locations around New Zealand and the world, we know how important it is to maintain and nurture the environment around us.
A paperless check-in system has been adopted to eliminate paperwork and enhance check-in efficiency. Traditional paper reservation forms and printed receipts have been switched out for mounted iPads displayed at the hotel Front Desk. This digital system is set to save countless sheets of paper which would traditionally be printed for every new guest as part of the hotel check-in & check-out procedure.
Wood Fiber Key Cards
Our wood fibre for Pulper™ card is sourced from sustainable forests. Oomph's Pulper™ paper is chlorine free and tested to be repulpable/recyclable - simply toss it into the mixed paper bin after use. Made from wood fibre, Pulper is an environmentally preferable replacement for plastics with similar performance characteristics.
The paper is also naturally bright white and does not require bleaching or chemical processing. Pulper paper is manufactured under strict requirements of ISO 9001:2008 Quality and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems.
Straw-Free Restaurants and Bars
InterContinental Wellington has joined the global movement in going plastic straw free. Paper straw usage is also being reduced with the introduction of metal straws in the Club InterContinental Lounge.
Electric Charging Stations
Electric charging modules have been installed at the hotel to cover Japanese, European and Tesla electric vehicles.
Milk Bottle Recycling
We take part in the Anchor Milk recycling programme where all of our empty bottles are collected and recycled into milk crates.
Bulk-Size Bathroom Amenities
IHG is the first global hotel company to commit all brands to removing bathroom miniatures. Our entire hotel estate of 5,600+ hotels and almost 843,000 guest rooms will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed during 2021.
Biodegrabable Coffee Cups
Conventional disposable coffee cups can’t be recycled in New Zealand and cause tonnes of waste. Coffee has also featured at the forefront of sustainable thinking in recent years. Using plant-based bio plastics for the coating and lids means the whole cup is compostable.
Perhaps one of the most important parts of creating a company built on sustainability is the social fabric that surrounds it: the community. Giving to those in need through programmes that reduce waste and repurpose it for a greater good is an excellent way to give back in a way that helps those who need it as well as the environment.
InterContinental Wellington has a long-term partnership with KiwiHarvest. This national food rescue charity seeks to reduce the negative impact of food waste by resurfacing good surplus food and distributing it to those in need. IHG restaurants carry out the DollarDiner initiative, which seeks to raise funds by giving diners the option to add a $1 donation to their total bill.
InterContinental Wellington is an official hotel championing the Soap Aid programme. Soap Aid is a not-for-profit committed to saving children's lives through improved hygiene whilst positively impacting the environment. This is achieved by reprocessing and delivering recycled hotel soap to disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas.
Wildness Chocolate and Honey
Organic Wildness chocolate and honey is used throughout the hotel. Wilderness is a local Wellington business with a core focus on sustainability and giving back to the community. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy Wilderness honey during breakfast at Chameleon Restaurant, from the in-room dining menu and at Club InterContinental. Wilderness chocolate is used for the creation of quality hot chocolates served in all of our hotel venues.
At IHG, we don’t believe it’s enough to simply preach sustainability, we actively work towards it in engaging ways. By implementing recycling bins and programs like Greener Stay, Giving for Good Month and Sustainable Tourism NZ, we’re making a difference by reducing waste, conserving energy and water.
Giving for Good Month
Giving for Good Month is an IHG Global initiative, which means every IHG hotel in the world participates for an entire month in giving back to its communities.