The Boma - Dinner & Drum Show and Lokuthula Lodges bed and breakfast will follow suit in the next two weeks.
Their aim is to reduce and then remove as much other plastic as possible from their operations, to a point in 2021 where they hope to have a zero score. For example, plastic laundry bags, plastic shopping bags and other plastic bottles will no longer be found in these properties.
This development, which will see the elimination of more than 80,000 plastic water bottles a year used across the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate in hotel rooms, restaurants and bars, follows the installation of the Natura water system earlier this month.
The environmentally friendly Natura water system purifies water onsite through a three-stage filtration system. The water is then put into glass bottles for guest use, after which the bottles are collected, washed, sterilised and re-used. The system produces both still and sparkling water.
The impact of this initiative has many benefits – with less plastic in circulation, it is less likely to find its way into the wild and therefore potentially harm wildlife, especially elephants.
It will also have a major impact on waste management, due to a massive reduction in plastic waste that is caused by the mineral water empties, and hence much less litter to deal with in our daily operational routine.In addition, there will also be the benefit of reduced cost of water to guests.
This development comes after they stopped using plastic straws, and adopted the more eco-friendly paper straws instead. The have also launched Victoria Falls Recycling, a project which recycles plastics, paper, glass and beverage cans.Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Eliminates Plastic Water Bottles