One of the world’s biggest hotel chains – AccorHotels, which includes the Pullman, Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis chains – has recently announced it will plant vegetable gardens at many of its hotels as part of an initiative to reduce food waste.
The hotel chain will also reportedly limit the number of main courses on offer and record all food that is thrown away. Through such actions, the French group aims to reduce food waste by up to 30%, according to The Guardian.
Amir Nahai, in charge of coordinating Accor’s food operations, said that menus currently offering up to 40 main courses would be slimmed down. “In the future we’re going to have menus with 10, 15 or 20 main courses, with more local products,” he said. “We are also going to support urban agriculture with the creation of 1,000 vegetable gardens in our hotels by 2020”, Nahai added.
The Guardian also pointed out that “with up to one third of food produced being wasted, according to estimates by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, there is ample room for businesses to save money while also helping reduce hunger and greenhouse gas emissions associated with farming and transport.”