Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen launches its Green Dreams initiative on 29 March 2014 to encourage guests staying at the hotel for two nights or more to re-use their bed sheets and thus to help conserve energy. In further support of environmental protection, for every bed linen that a guest re-cycles, the hotel will donate RMB3 to Shenzhen Blue Ocean Conservation Association to support its vision of ocean environment protection.
Since 29 March 2014, guests stepping into the lobby of Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen have been impressed by a bed setup with fully equipped bedside tables. Two standing television screens on both sides of the bed indicate how many guests participated in this initiative the previous day, the total number of guests who have participated and how much money the hotel has collected for Shenzhen Blue Ocean Conservation Association.
Hotel guests immediately embraced the initiative after its launch. On the first seven days, over 70 per cent of in-house guests participated in Green Dreams and supported the hotel’s sustainable operations. The other Shangri-La property in Shenzhen Luohu district, Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen, also joined the activity.
Guests who want to join this initiative can simply turn over a leaf-shaped card placed on the bed. When room attendants see the side of the leaf card printed with “I Do”, they would know that the guest is only requesting the bed to be made, not have the linens changed.
“Every bed sheet we change and wash consume some water, electricity and gas,” said Mr. Emil Leung, area manager and general manager at Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen. “We are so thrilled to see that so many guests support our Green Dreams, and it is proved that we are all dreaming green. We will continue to reduce energy consumption and create a greener world.”
Shenzhen Blue Ocean Conservation Association is the first non-government organisation in China devoted to ocean conservation. It organises volunteering activities to clean and preserve the ocean. It plans to set up fish houses (artificial coral reefs) in the ocean to restore their habitats.
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