Smart drinking water from the tap
Water is one of the planet's most precious resources, and we at Scandic have to take responsibility for cutting wastage and for keeping our water clean. It is important that you as a guest have a great experience while also protecting the environment.
Smart drinking water with no transportWe used to have almost four million bottles of water a year transported to our hotels. That is of course unsustainable, which is why we now offer the best water going – our own water from dispensers that chill, carbonate and filter it to retain valuable minerals and salts. This cuts fossil carbon dioxide emissions by 160 tonnes per year, based on our previous volume of sales.
Designer recycled bottle
Our water bottle was designed by a Swede with a feel for water – an Olympic swimmer by the name of Therese Alshammar. Therese worked with designer Jonas Torstensson to come up with the finished product. The bottle is made from hand-blown recycled glass and the cap is also recycled. One krona per bottle sold goes to the Scandic Sustainability Fund, which supports initiatives that contribute to a sustainable society.
We measure water consumptionWe have measured our water consumption once a month since 1996. Initially, every guest was consuming 240 litres of water per day. Now that figure is down to 209 litres per day, lower than is required for our hotels to carry the Nordic Swan ecolabel.
We founded the Stockholm Water PrizeWe at Scandic have long been committed to promoting water quality. Back in 2005 we were one of the founders of the Stockholm Water Prize, an international award issued by the Stockholm Water Foundation every year. The prize goes to a person, organisation or institution that has made an outstanding contribution with regard to water safety and conservation.
In 2011, the award was presented to Professor Stephen R. Carpenter, University of Wiscounsin-Madison, USA, for his pioneering research on the environment and human impact on lake ecosystems. The research forms the basis for concrete solutions to tackle the problems.