Under the management of General Manager Kaoru Honda, the resort hotel Hoshinoya Taketomi-jima in Taketomi-Cho, Taketomi Island, recently started supplying its drinking water by desalinating seawater.

The hotel hopes to reduce plastic bottle waste, which has become a problem on the island due to drifting garbage and littering.

With the introduction of the independent water supply, the hotel will no longer provide bottled mineral water in guest rooms. This will reduce about 50,000 plastic bottles per year.