Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry – Our Commitment to the Cause

Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry – Our Commitment to the Cause

The idea of sustainability as a whole seems somehow intangible, even though we’re presented with the abstract idea of it on a day-to-day basis. Until we can actively apply it to specific products and processes, it’s not something that we have a direct sense of, something concrete.

Sustainability is essentially, the mindful use of a resource so that it isn’t used up or damaged, and plays a vital role in the hospitality industry.

Our customer base is increasingly interested in taking a holistic view of the issue and wants to know exactly how our brands – and the brands that we carry, are positioned in the areas of both social and environmental sustainability.

Why Sustainability in Hospitality Matters

Sustainable practices make hospitality organisations rise above the noise. Today’s travellers, restaurant patrons, hotel guests, and online shoppers are concerned with sustainability. They want to ensure that the companies they support, follow environmentally and socially sound practices.

The majority of millennials and Generation Z’er’s are known to pay more for products and services that don’t affect the environment, diminish natural resources, or negatively affect the lives of humans or wildlife.

A recent Nielson study found that nearly 75% of the respondents from these younger generations are willing to take action to support this movement. In fact, the Nielson study found that an alarming 51% of baby boomers will spend more on sustainable products and services as well.

All in all, sustainability matters.

Conserving energy, reducing waste, using organic amenities, and using leadership to enforce and govern these processes, are all a part of the effort toward overall sustainability.

Ways to Increase Sustainability in Hospitality

While there are millions of individual acts that slowly accumulate to create a ‘sustainable brand’, there are many ways to gauge and evaluate the current and potential levels of sustainability of a company.

Educating Employees

Sustainability in businesses requires a group effort. Educating your workforce and raising awareness about sustainable practices should play a part in onboarding and ongoing training. Every aspect of a business can implement practices that take sustainability into account. Considering things such as water and waste management, the use of organic products that do not contain harmful chemicals, and the reuse and recycling of resources are key. In this way, sustainability becomes part of a culture.

Evaluating Energy Usage

Determining how businesses use energy is a clear indicator of success or failure. A clear understanding of energy usage allows leaders to identify crucial areas for improvement.

Embracing Renewable Energy

Another important aspect is the reduction of a business’s carbon footprint. This is possible by embracing renewable sources of energy. In addition to building a positive brand image, these investments pay off by reducing operational costs in the long run.

How our Brands are Getting it Right

BHS Tabletop – one of our main suppliers, and owner of the Bauscher and Playground brands, have been addressing strategic sustainability goals for years, and have been certified for them – long before it became mandatory. They were the first in the global porcelain industry to show concern for environmental issues.

They were also first to be certified in accordance with the DIN EN ISO 50001 test guideline. In doing so, they implemented the requirements of the Energy Services Act (EDL-G) and have been operating a systematic energy management system ever since.

What does this actually mean?

These certifications give a brand credibility when they communicate with their customers. Many of our brands talk a lot about sustainability, and we have to show that it’s not just about the intention, but also about the action behind it. Basically, we stick to our word.

Aida, one of our other cornerstone brands, prides itself on creating products from sustainable materials that will stand the test of time and can be used by multiple generations.

In a similar fashion, Koziol has been producing exclusively with green energy since 2013, saving around 1,276 tonnes of CO² annually. They prefer homegrown German raw material suppliers and practice all manufacturing processes under one roof – which rules out long transport routes. For the logistics of finished goods, Koziol cooperates with a worldwide partner who shares its strict sustainability principles.

Zwiesel Glas believes that companies must act and manage their resources responsibly to prevail in the future. That’s why they aim to manufacture their products with minimal resources and optimised energy input, to avoid unnecessary environmental burdens.

They have implemented an environmental management system certified according to ISO 14001 to ensure a sustainable corporate concept with consistent product quality.

They are particularly proud of their oxyfuel technology, which significantly reduces carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. This technology enables them to use 30% less energy in production, compared to conventional gas-heated glass melting furnaces.

Tritan® crystal glasses also stand out for their sustainability. Their consistent selection of low-emission, recyclable raw materials for production makes their products especially durable and environmentally friendly. Approximately 50% of each individual glass consists of recycled Tritan® crystal glass. They produce high-quality glasses that are 100% food-safe and 100% BPA-free.

These are only a few examples of our product offerings, and the ways in which their overall business structures are contributing to sustainability.

Challenges and Trends in the Industry 

Sustainability in hospitality offers clear advantages. However, professionals in this industry must still overcome certain challenges in order to build workable strategies. For one, they must correct misconceptions that sustainability is more costly and that consumers disregard it. When in fact becoming more energy-efficient saves more money and goes hand in hand with developing a brand identity that attracts more eco-conscious customers.

Advances in technology related to renewable energy have also lowered the costs of using sources such as solar energy. A major breakthrough for energy-conscious brands.

South Africa of course, comes with its own challenges – high inflation rates, the cost of fuel, and load shedding, to name a few, which further enhance the need for alternate energy sources and solutions for efficiency.

Hospitality leaders can also incorporate other simple current and emerging trends into their sustainability strategies, such as:

  • Eliminating single-use plastic
  • Creating paperless environments
  • Sourcing from sustainable suppliers
  • Developing recycling programs

What Should We Take From This

The three pillars of sustainability — social, environmental, and economic — provide a roadmap for visionary leaders to transform their brands We, as Ambience Hospitality, ensure that we add value to our brand partners and customers through world-class sales, service, and relationships and dedicate ourselves wholly to the brands that we represent. While they, in turn, use the best practices to ensure that their products and processes are sustainable and in line with global environmental standards.

The growing importance of sustainability in hospitality is obvious. Today’s hospitality organisations need leaders who can aid in the implementation of sustainable practices, as well as the creation of a culture of social, environmental, and economic responsibility.


Modern Room Designs: How Design Affects the Restaurant Experience


The modern restaurant visit has become more than just a simple function of satisfying hunger.

Today, it is about providing an engaging experience to diners, one that stimulates their senses and immerses them in an environment that is both aesthetically pleasing and welcoming.

To achieve this, restaurants must carefully consider the design elements that go into creating a cohesive experience for their patrons.

We have some top tier product recommendations for you to bring the following aspects into your establishment.

Modern Tableware for a Cultural Exchange

One way to create a truly immersive experience for diners is through the use of modern tableware that is inspired by different cultural traditions.

By playing with different materials such as terracotta, wood, and woven fabrics, restaurant owners can bring a traditional flair to their establishment’s hospitality spaces.

One excellent product range to try is the Schonwald Shiro Komodo or Bauscher’s Create Decorations for culturally diverse tableware design.

Sustainability as an Experience

The rise of sustainability in every aspect of our lives has also found its way into the hospitality industry.

Today, restaurants that incorporate sustainable practices into their establishment can create an experience that resonates with environmentally-conscious diners.

Porcelain tableware is one such example of a sustainable tableware option.

Its high firing temperature makes it particularly robust and scratch-resistant, and it can be used repeatedly. Baushcer’s Purity Coup Range offers excellent options for sustainable products.

 Inpecting Colour and Texture to Mimic Aspects of Nature

Nature has always been a source of inspiration for designers.

By using lush greenery, animal and plant patterns, and nature-related materials, restaurant owners can create a nurturing atmosphere that evokes a sense of calm and serenity among patrons.

Playground’s textured Stone Collection and Bauscher’s Relation Today are great product ranges to consider for bringing nature into restaurant interiors.

 Modern Tableware for a Digital Reality

As the digital world and the real world continue to converge, restaurants are finding innovative ways to bring the digital experience into their establishments.

From bright and bold colors to contemporary spaces with neon lightscapes and digital artwork, the idea of escapism and alternate realities is key in creating interesting dining spaces.

Bauscher’s Options Range or Playground’s Nara Grey Collection are great product ranges to experiment with different digital realities.

The Joy and Optimism of Play

The concept of play is essential to the creative process, and it is also a crucial part of the hospitality sector.

By incorporating cheerful colors, unexpected shapes, and textures into their establishments, restaurant owners can create a convivial atmosphere that boosts the well-being of their guests. Schonwald’s Welcome and Playground’s Artisan Collection are excellent product ranges to consider for creating a playful dining environment.

 Design for a Soothing Atmosphere

Minimalism has taken center stage in creating an atmosphere of calm and relaxation in restaurants.

By incorporating simplicity and muted colors into their designs, restaurant owners can create a soothing environment that promotes mental well-being and self-care among their diners.

For example, Bauscher’s Purity Classic collection or Playground’s Coast and Country collection are great product ranges to create a serene dining experience.

In conclusion, the design of a restaurant can have a significant impact on the experience of its patrons.

By considering the primary key phrases of experience, engaging design, aesthetics, materials, environment, hospitality, and restaurant, restaurant owners can create an environment that immerses diners in a cohesive and immersive experience that is both aesthetically pleasing and welcoming.

Add Some Spice This Season With Autumn Tabletop Trends for 2023

Add Some Spice This Season With Autumn Tabletop Trends for 2023

There’s a hint of a chill in the air and the days are getting shorter. The sun is setting on those rolling Summer days, and Autumn is on the horizon.

‘Cosy’ is the catchphrase of the moment, and people are throwing about words like ‘hygge’ as if it’s going out of fashion.

But what does that mean for Tablescape Trends for 2023?

If you’re not one to hibernate in the colder months, and you’re more ‘soiree’ and ‘souffle’ than club duvet – then we are here to give you some tips on how to elevate your get-togethers this season with the latest Autumn tabletop trends.


Texture, layering and delightful sensory objects are all indicative of Autumn 2023. Nothing says warm and welcoming better than a well-chosen tablecloth, some statement placemats, and of course, seasonally appropriate table linens.

As the temperatures cool, allow your tabletop to take on more depth and incorporate more objects of interest. Spark conversation among friends with your chosen items – the runner that you bought in Greece layered with some local flavour makes a perfect match.

Koziol Superglas make wonderfully textured glassware that is virtually indestructible and perfectly appointed for hosting.

Select woven materials, thicker fabrics and deep earthen colours to create a feeling of comfort around your table. The detail is in the design, after all, and thoughtful design is so much more intriguing for your guests.

We highly recommend the layering of some aida Raw stoneware crockery in the Northern Green colour palette, some of their ever-practical silicon placemats in Plum or Terracotta, or some of their beaded glass serving bowls.

Classic Pieces

 Comfort is king in Autumn so it would make perfect sense that tried-and-tested classics will go down well during this season. Certain pieces exude timeless excellence for a reason.

Nostalgia is the over-riding theme of 2023, and we’re going back to custom ceramics, matching sets, intricate prints, rich colours and patterned linens. More is more this year.

Create an elegant table design, rooted in tradition and inspired by the latest Autumn tabletop trends. True sophistication can be found in detailed objects d’art and pieces. Enchant your guests and let them leave with full stomachs and great memories.

There’s nothing more traditional than Zwiesel Crystal Glassware. Enjoy the classic detail on their Prizma range or add some colour with the Together Water Tumblers in Tapue or Graphite.

Mother Nature

Autumn is a beautiful month with all of her very own nuances. Use accents taken from nature, as well as colour cues to reflect the time of the year.

Centerpieces made of seasonal florals, rust-coloured leaves and dried arrangements are excellent options for your tabletop.

Colours of the Season

While it has been proven that certain colours evoke certain feelings, we know for a fact that richer, deeper hues are great for the colder months.

Invest in rust or olive-green table linens or stoneware for the table. And finish off the look with warm brown, beige, and gold as accents. Create a feast for the eye with amber glassware, and wondrous hints of maroon and aubergine.

We can suggest the wonderful Soholm Range from aida for crafted art glasses in multiple colour ways.

Ignite the Senses

There’s no easier way to create a cosy atmosphere than with some beautifully crafted tapered candles. Create an excellent ambience with different candle heights and a collection of unique and interesting candlesticks/holders.

Ignite the senses with Autumn scents such as cinnamon, sandalwood and cedarwood. Your guests will revel in the moody aura that these create.

A simple, yet sophisticated way to boost the atmosphere at any dinner.

 Natural materials

Autumn tabletop trends for 2023 incorporate natural materials that are a source of solace in the colder months. Achieve a forest-like appeal with wooden dinner and server ware. Take it up a notch and contrast these with other materials such a stoneware or ceramics.

Wooden harvest boards and decadent platters are also fantastic presentation pieces for Autumn. Produce season-specific gourmet dishes that allow for a more casual approach. Invest in teak cutting boards from aida Raw to create a visual spectacle.

Imperfect materials and shapes directly reflect Mother Nature herself, and organic accents are in line with current trends.

All in all, the general consensus on Autumn tabletop trends is the singular theme of warmth and conviviality. If this is reflected in your table designs – then you’re right on track. Happy hosting!

Autumn Tablescape and Dinnerware Trends for 2023 Social Post

 There’s a hint of a chill in the air and the days are getting shorter. The sun is setting on those rolling Summer days and Autumn is on the horizon.

‘Cosy’ is the catchphrase of the moment and people are throwing about words like ‘hygge’ like it’s going out of fashion.

But what does that mean for Tablescape Trends for 2023?

If you’re not one to hibernate in the colder months and you’re more ‘soiree’ and ‘souffle’ than club duvet – then we are here to give you some tips on how to elevate your Autumnal shindigs.

Introducing the Six Autumn tabletop trends for 2023 (you can read these in depth on our blog post):

  1. Layering
  2. Classic Pieces
  3. Mother Nature
  4. Colours of the Season
  5. Ignite the Senses (with candles and scents)
  6. Natural Materials

All in all, the general consensus on Autumn tabletop trends is the singular theme of warmth and conviviality. If this is reflected in your table designs – then you’re right on track. Happy hosting!

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