According to The Nikkei Asian Review, Hoshino Resorts will produce drinking water by desalination at its property on a remote Okinawan island beginning Saturday, dispensing with the need to provide plastic bottles of water in guest rooms.
The Japanese hospitality company hopes to attract environmentally conscious tourists by highlighting its shift away from plastic.
Equipment at Hoshinoya Taketomi Island will make about 60 tons of potable water daily from seawater using a special membrane.
Residents of Taketomi Island receive their water from Ishigaki Island, about 5 km away, via undersea pipes. Because this supply is limited, the resort has provided roughly 40,000 plastic water bottles annually to guests to reduce the impact on residents.
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