Plastic Straws

It’s looking more and more like we’ll soon be saying goodbye to plastic straws for good. Just a week after Starbucks announced that it will be fazing out plastic straws, Marriott International is jumping on the bandwagon.

The hotel brand has just announced that it will remove all disposable plastic straws and stirrers from their more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands around the world. The plan is for straws and stirrers to be gone by July 2019, which would eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year and about a quarter billion stirrers. As part of the initiative, hotels will offer alternative straws, but only on request.

"Removing plastic straws is one of the simplest ways our guests can contribute to plastic reduction when staying with us,” Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, says, “Something they are increasingly concerned about and are already doing in their own homes."

  • Marriott previously took steps to reduce their plastic consumption earlier this year, when they started replacing the small toiletry bottles in their bathrooms with in-shower dispensers. They are expected to be added to more than 1,500 hotels by the end of the year.

Source: Market Watch

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