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The World's First Entirely Vegan Luxury Hotel Suite Is Now Open

It's decked out in plant-based substances, fibres and surfaces — and even your room keycard is made from a natural pineapple-based material.
By Sarah Ward
January 20, 2019
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The World's First Entirely Vegan Luxury Hotel Suite Is Now Open

It's decked out in plant-based substances, fibres and surfaces — and even your room keycard is made from a natural pineapple-based material.
By Sarah Ward
January 20, 2019
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Whether you're committed to reducing your use of single-use plastics or dedicated to a vegan diet, it's easy to change your consumption habits for the good of the environment — while you're in your own home. Once you venture out, however, there's much that's out of your control. Sure, you've eliminated disposable plastic from your routine, but every business you patronise mightn't have done the same. And you've ordered a vegan meal at your local cafe, but does the place you're eating at use animal products in its decor?

On the plastics front, plenty of organisations and brands are starting to do their part, with the likes of IKEAMcDonald'sMelbourne's Crown Casino and Coca-Cola Amatil phasing out single-use items, and one airline pledging to become wholly plastic-free. When it comes to living a vegan lifestyle, Hilton's London Bankside is joining in by opening the world's first entirely vegan luxury hotel suite.

Now available for bookings, the room only uses plant-based substances, fibres and surfaces — so you won't find any leather, feathers and wool among its wares. With the suite designed by food artists Bompas & Parr, what you will find is a material created from pineapples. The bed's headboard is made from pineapple leaves, while vegan-friendly fruit leather piñatex features heavily. It's made from the cellulose fibres sourced from pineapples, and is not only used in the upholstered seats, footstools and cushions, but in the room's keycard as well.

With no animal products to be found in any of the suite's materials or inclusions, guests will step onto cotton carpets and bamboo floors; sleep on pillows made from organic buckwheat, millet hulls, kapok or bamboo fibres (your choice); grab a snack from the complimentary vegan mini-bar; and use cruelty-free toiletries.

When your room is cleaned by housekeeping, they'll also be using vegan products. Even when you're checking in, you'll be doing so at a plant-based counter. And if you're keen to order in, of course the vegan range extends to the in-room menu.

Find Hilton London Bankside at 2–8 Great Suffolk Street, London, and visit the hotel website for further details.

Images: Hilton London Bankside.

Published on January 20, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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