Sustainability is quickly becoming one of the hottest topics in many industries across the world, the business events industry is no exception. One Business Events Tasmania member taking action to become a more sustainable operation is MACq 01. This high-end accommodation and function venue is taking various steps to reduce their wastage, remove single use plastics and contribute to the greater community.

SoapAid
MACq 01 has a continued partnership with SoapAid to ensure the continued supply of soap and vital hygiene education to disadvantaged communities in Australia and worldwide. In the past 12 months, 307 kilos of leftover guest soap was collected and sent to SoapAid for re=processing, resulting in the provision of 3,070 bars of soap supplying 120 children and saving 50 lives according to the World Health Organisation. This has also saved the leftover soap going directly to landfill, saving 0.3 tonnes of carbon going into the atmosphere.

Bulk Amenities
To reduce waste, MACq 01 has been working with Appelles to replace individual shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottle into refillable pump packs. This has saves up to 50,000 single use plastic bottles per year, this also saves nearly 2000L of wasted product that would go straight to landfill.

Single Use Plastics
MACq 01 is taking steps to achieve their goal of being single use plastic free by 2021. So far the hotel only uses stainless steel straws, all coffee cups and fully biodegradable in 90 days, the Nespresso pods supplies in rooms and recycled through a specialised recycling box in all rooms, there are no plastic water bottles used in the hotel (saving up to 228 plastic bottle per day), the hotel also uses huskeecup coffee cups in house as well as making them available to purchase with your take away coffee.

Waste
51.6 tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill in 2019 at MACq01 due to composting & recycling intiatives, up by 124% from 2018.

Louis Van
MACq 01 donates all leftover breakfast buffet pastries to Hobart-based Louis Van, which has supplied them to 13,304 Tasmanians in need in the last twelve months.

Bushfire Relief
MACq 01 is currently selling Tastex Envirowoolley soft toys, supporting local disability enterprise Tastex, and 100% of all funds from the sale price donated directly to WIRES NSW, Nature Foundation SA, And Wildcare’s Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Fund to assist with wildlife and habitat recovery following the tragic widespread bushfires. As of 22/01, we’ve raised over $2500 for the organisations. MACq 01 also donated in-kind to the value of $1200 with all proceeds donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Whilst MACq 01 is a great role model for other hotels striving to be more environmentally friendly, any ideas that can be implemented are a step in the right direction.