CAM RANH, Vietnam (March 23, 2021) –The Anam has rolled out an eco-friendly key card, made of wood sourced from sustainably managed forests, that its guests use to access their rooms, suites and villas.
The Anam is one of the first luxury resorts in Vietnam to replace polyvinyl chloride (PVC) key cards with the water-resistant wooden key cards, certified by international non-profit forest management organisation Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests.
“The wooden key cards are non-toxic and biodegrade easily, they look much more high-end than the old plastic cards, and the chip inside is stronger; you only have to hold the wooden key card near the door for the door to open whereas with the old plastic cards you had to actually touch the door with the card to open the door,” said the resort’s acting general manager Peter Ye.
The wooden key cards are the latest of many efforts by the resort to reduce the use of plastic and single-use plastic. The Anam has previously replaced plastic water bottles with recyclable glass bottles, plastic straws with rice straws, plastic bags with bamboo bags and more. Such efforts are part of the resort’s wider efforts to be environmentally friendly, including regular beach clean-ups, recycling laundry water to maintain its lush gardens and using solar power.
Influenced by the Indochine era, the resort’s design includes hardwood finishes from sustainably cultivated forests.
To celebrate Earth Hour this Sunday, March 27, the resort is holding an Earth Hour dinner by Long Beach and screening an episode of Our Planet at its outdoor cinema to inform guests about the need to preserve the planet’s coastal seas.