The International Organization for Standardization recently awarded the management of the Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City for exercising superior environmental practices.
"You can't put a price on safeguarding the planet for future generations," says John Gardner, general manager of the Caravelle. "That's why we won't be cutting any corners when it comes to being the best we can be in terms of our commitment to looking after the environment."
Since 2009, the Caravelle has recycled up to 40 percent of its wastewater, according to a recent press release. Every month between 2,500-3,000 cubic meters of wastewater is reused.
The water is used for flushing toilets and to supply the hotel's cooling tower.
The hotel has also recently switched to "˜green' chemical solutions for cleaning all of its floors. At almost 1.5 times the cost of regular chemicals, these products biodegrade within 24 hours, according to hotel's release.