Daryl Hannah: hotels should not kill you
HOLLYWOOD star and environmentalist Daryl Hannah has urged luxury hotels to do more to prevent guests from being exposed to harmful toxins and poisonous chemicals. “You’d think that the fanciest, most luxurious, most opulent hotels in the world first and foremost would not be using things that are known to cause cancer,” she told Destinations of the World News. “The most luxurious hotels shouldn’t kill you. Their beds shouldn’t have formaldehyde in the mattresses and their shampoos and their lotions should have no sulphates or parabens. They should [be made from] stuff that is not going to kill you. It’s a no-brainer.” Earlier, the star of films including KillBill (2003) and Splash (1984) spoke on a panel at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit 2013 in Abu Dhabi with other eco champions including adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild and environmental advocate Laura Turner Seydel, daughter of Ted Turner. The all-star panel urged travel and tourism leaders to do more to meet the environmental and social challenges posed by the world’s rapidly expanding population and the growing demand for travel, highlighting the power that travel and tourism has to connect people, build understanding and reduce conflict. “Words alone cannot change the policies of governments worldwide. That’s our job, and we’re running out of time,” said Seydel. Last year was the first time the number of people travelling exceeded one billion. That figure is expected to double by 2030.
“Words alone cannot change the policies of governments worldwide. That’s our job, and we’re running out of time”