As civilization slowly takes over the world and alters the Earth to its present unrecognizable state, actions must be taken to protect the environment so that we may preserve this land for future generations. Grand Formosa Regent, a Four Seasons Hotel located in the metropolis of Taipei, Taiwan, is dedicated to merging environmental sustainability with modern designs to surpass expectations of its guests as a progressive luxury five-star hotel. “The people of Taiwan love their land, and there is a great deal of synergy between the cultural traditions of the region and a deep respect for the environment,” says Francesco Borrello, General Manager of Grand Formosa Regent Taipei. “Therefore, it was quite easy for us to incorporate these small but significant changes that can save the world into our daily operational routines.”
The entire lighting system throughout the hotel is equipped with energy-saving light bulbs. In each guest room, an Environmental Protection Green Leaf Card is displayed, explaining the policy that bed linens and towels will only be replaced and washed when the Card is placed on the bed, otherwise the Housekeeping associates perform only the necessary cleanup and arrangement of the room. In doing so, excessive laundering is avoided; detergents, water, and electricity are efficiently saved, which means production of waste is reduced. Furthermore, the overall design of the hotel is simple, elegant and understated, signifying the importance of minimalism, while still bestowing a sophistication that comes only with class.
In the offices, lights are turned off in the hallways at 1am. Carbon cartridges, paper, and all other recyclable materials are recycled on a regular basis. At the footer of every email sent out from the hotel, there is a little note next to an icon of a green tree: “Save a tree. Don't print this e-mail unless it's really necessary.” All these little things add up to ensure that we will save our one and only planet, so future generations will have the same opportunity as us to take in all the grandeur that is Mother Earth.