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Sustainability

Naturally Better

One of our guiding principles at Mandarin Oriental is ‘Acting with responsibility’, which we strive to achieve through our Naturally Better plan. We’re on a journey to make things Naturally Better for the planet, for communities, and for you. As well as embracing and putting into practice our global sustainability initiatives, such as eliminating single-use plastic by March 2021, here at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong we also have our own local initiatives to make sure we play our part in making your stay more sustainable.

For the planet

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We have implemented several measures across our hotel which align with our group-wide policy of eliminating single-use plastic by March 2021. With the Nordaq FRESH filtration system, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong was the first hotel to introduce in-house filtered water to both front and heart of house areas, for guests and colleagues in 2018. In doing so, the hotel has committed to the removal of plastic water bottles and helped reduce the carbon emission generated by importing bottled mineral water, which creates negative impact to the ocean and the planet.  

At Amber, the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant, waste management is a priority. It took Culinary Director Richard Ekkebus and his team six years to eliminate the use of single use plastic, even managing to replace cling film.  Over the last five years, we have measured our waste daily to monitor our progress and ensure that we are reducing waste from what was originally 800kg per day.  We also work with a partner to convert oil waste, that would otherwise be transported to the landfill, into biofuel that is used at the harbour, and we work with companies that recycle old linen, uniforms and soap. 

For communities

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In December 2019, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental launched a meaningful Christmas charity initiative where bespoke Santa bears were made for sale for donation to MINDSET, parent company Jardine Matheson’s charitable foundation that helps those with mental health issues. In total HKD100,000 was donated to MINDSET. Our colleagues also visit one of Hong Kong’s longest established children’s homes, Po Leung Kuk to entertain the children.   

At the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, we support the local community by working with a number of local artisans. For example, our chefs’ jackets have all been crafted locally, and we also work with local gardeners and potters in Hong Kong in order to help sustain local craftsmanship. 

For you

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Amber, the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred contemporary French restaurant helmed by Culinary Director Richard Ekkebus, was the winner of the 2020 Asia’s 50 Best Sustainable Restaurants Award. Not only does the restaurant source organic produce but also looks for ingredients that are antibiotic-free, grass-fed, ethically raised, free roaming, sustainably source and raised by those who share the same values about sustainability.  Richard is also on the board of Hong Kong’s Sustainable Seafood Coalition which promotes sustainable seafood initiatives and the preservation of different species, for example, sea cucumbers, an ingredient not typically found in a French restaurant.  Amber also follows a sustainable fishing calendar to ensure fish are only purchased when they are not carrying eggs, and the restaurant only works with suppliers who use specific-friendly fishing techniques, such as line fishing.  We source approximately 80% of our produce regionally, working with organic farms from Taiwan and importing ingredients from Kyushu.