Sustainability at Novotel Brisbane


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.

  • #IMNOTPLASTICCO STRAWS at Novotel Brisbane

    Continuing with Novotel Brisbane’s commitment to environmental sustainability, #IMNOTPLASTICCO eco-friendly, plant-based straws will now be used throughout the hotel’s bars and restaurants.

    Did you know around 10 million straws are used daily in Australia and most of these straws are made from petroleum-based plastics which can remain on Earth for hundreds to thousands of years.

    #IMNOTPLASTICCO straws have a significantly shorter life span than regular straws because they are made from polylactic acid (PLA) derived from corn starch, which is a natural and renewable plant-based resource. The production of PLA plastic alternatives also produce significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

    The straws are 100% compostable and biodegradable, allowing them to breakdown in landfill, unlike petroleum-based plastics. #IMNOTPLASTICCO straws don’t go soggy like paper straws and are more hygienic than glass, metal or bamboo straws, which can be difficult to clean or sterilise.

    Novotel Brisbane are proud to support this environment initiative, with 5% of profits donated to ocean and environmental conservation groups by #IMNOTPLASTICCO

  • Planet 21 Day Celebrations

    Novotel Brisbane recently held celebrations for Planet 21 Day. AccorHotels Le Club members & AccorPlus members were invited to exclusive drinks and canapés at the Hotel’s rooftop garden. The sunset views were spectacular, and the setting amongst the Hotel’s herb and veggie garden acted as a great talking point for Novotel Brisbane and Accor’s sustainability and environmentally responsible initiatives.

    Loyalty guests were treated to a special gift at the end, which the Novotel Brisbane team had packed with ingredients and a recipe card for the hotel's famous Orange Marmalade Biscuits!
    The special celebration was widely acknowledged as a great success, and provided a fantastic platform for spreading the word of Accor’s Planet 21 Sustainability Program.

  • Two Donkeys - plastic free packaging

    At Two Donkeys we encourage you to slow down. Enjoy the moment of sitting in our cafe and reward yourself with the time to savour a meal. In doing so, you are not only recharging your batteries but having a positive impact on the environment. No take away means no packaging or cutlery which helps trim down on general waste.

    Time is precious though and we understand that it's hard to stop and indulge yourself which is why we've introduced sustainable cutlery, straws, and packaging at Two Donkeys. We've said no to plastic and yes to recycleable materials.

    We want to help make the world a better place so next time you are at Two Donkeys take a seat and enjoy the moment!

  • Two Donkeys Ugly Mugs

    Saving the planet one ugly mug at a time!

    As you may not know, it is almost impossible to source a truly 100% biodegradable coffee cup. Coffee cups go to landfill and it can take up to 30 years for parts of the cup to degrade. The plastic lid is hazardous! At Two Donkeys we are passionate about finding new ways to reduce coffee cup waste...then the "ugly mug" concept was born.

    We encourage customers to bring their own coffee mugs from their desks, a keep cup or choose one of our mugs from the "ugly mug" wall. Avid coffee drinks can have a different coffee mug every day! Bring it back, swap it out - we'll even clean it for you. To our sustainable coffee drinkers we offer a 50 cent discount to thank you for helping save the planet!

    Don't forget to photograph your "ugly mug" and #twodonkeysbrisbane and #waronwaste

    Two Donkeys Cafe

    Located behind the hotel on Astor Terrace

    Open Monday - Friday 6:30am-3:00pm 

  • 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!

  • 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!


  • 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.