Sustainability at Novotel Brisbane

WITH PLANET 21, ACCORHOTELS AIMS TO PROVIDE A POSITIVE HOSPITALITY EXPERIENCE

The AccorHotels has been a committed group for many years, and has constantly worked to redefine boundaries. The Planet 21 programme demonstrates the Group's ambitious goals for 2020, based around four strategic priorities: work with its employees, involve its customers, innovate with its partners and work with local communities. Two key issues to tackle will be food and buildings.

Novotel Brisbane is committed to finding new ways to do our part for the planet. Follow us on social media, read our sustainable blogs or contact us for more information.

  • Coffee Capsule Recycling

    At Novotel Brisbane the conference rooms are fitted with Nespresso machines for conference attendees. As a sustainable hotel, all capsules that are used to make Nespresso coffee are recycled. Nespresso coffee capsules are made from aluminum, which is infinitely recyclable.

    The used coffee capsules are collected by a hotel team member and are placed into a recycling box that can hold up to 1,500. When the box is full a Nespresso courier collects the box and delivers it to the local recycling facility.

    During the recycling process, all grounds are removed from the empty capsules and made into compost. The aluminum is then melted down and recycled.

    From cup to compost and more!

  • Orange Surface Cleaner

    In addition to the marmalade for the marmalade biscuits we’re also making orange hard surface cleaner at Novotel Brisbane. 

    We utilise this house made cleaner for cleaning of BBQ’S, stainless steel surfaces and grill plates within the kitchen. It works well on bathroom floors as well!

    This pleasant smelling cleaner is environmentally safe and non-toxic.

    The orange and citrus peels are brewed with white vinegar in house at ambient temperature for 10 days before it’s strained through a fine filter to remove any pulp.

    The finished product is then used as required.

  • Hive and Harvest Honey

    The Chefs at Novotel Brisbane are a buzz, partnering with local bees and offering its own roof top honey from the giddying heights of it's roof terrace.

    The hotels hives sweeten the palette with a truly carbon free house made honey to anyone who indulges in the busy bees fruits of labour.

    Apiarists and bees from Hive & Harvest have taken over the hotels roof top to encapsulate the essence of Brisbane. By do so the hotel is making our little patch of Springhill a bit greener for our guests to enjoy.

     

    How many bees does it take to make a jar of honey?

    Have you ever wondered how a tiny little insect like a bee could ever fill a jar of honey? If it were just down to one bee it would be a mighty task but the work is shared by many thousands of bees and is a great example of what can be achieved by a co-ordinated effort. Think of it in terms of humans creating something like a pyramid.

    A jar of honey weighs 454grammes and a bee can carry about 0.04grammes of nectar. But nectar is only about 40% sugar and honey needs to be about 80% sugar so the bee actually only carries about 0.02grammes of honey on each trip.

    Now how many bees would we need to fill a jar of honey? The answer is 454/0.02 grams which equals =

    22,700 bees are required to fill a single jar of honey.

    This sounds impressive enough but of course a colony of bees doesn't just make one jar of honey. Over the year the queen will produce between 100,000 and 200,000 bees that will each spend between 10 and 20 days collecting nectar.

    At its most productive a single colony of bees could theoretically produce around 800kg of honey, that's almost a tonne!

    The reason that beehives aren't the size of warehouses to accommodate all this honey is that it is being continually used up by the bees as fuel, primarily to keep the brood warm. So at any given time there may only be between 10 and 20kg of honey in the hive.

    View Hive & Harvest Facebook Page 

    Hive & Harvest Website

  • MARMALADE BISCUITS

    Our orange marmalade biscuits are made in house by our amazing chef and so is the marmalade! By using orange peels from the fresh fruit on our breakfast buffet 780kg of orange peel is diverted from the rubbish bin and turned into delicious treats instead!

    Here's the recipe from our Chef Sean for you all to enjoy!

    RECIPE