Anantara and Avani Hotels & Resorts, two prominent Asian hospitality brands, just made the monumental decision to cut plastic straws from all of their properties across the continent, starting the very first day of 2018. The resorts are not only forgoing straws from their locales in Asia but also planning to extend the move to their properties in Australasia, Europe, and the Middle East by the end of the year.
Once plastic straws disappear from the resorts’ properties, customers will be offered alternatives. Regular straws will be replaced with bamboo ones, made from a fast-growing bamboo indigenous to Northern Thailand.
“As industry leaders, it’s important for us to play an active role in reducing the consumption and wastage of plastic globally,” said William Heinecke, Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Minor Hotels including Anantara and Avani brands. “The enormous benefits for the health of the oceans makes this an obvious choice from both a business and environmental perspective.”
According to Heinecke, the initiative will save 2.5 million plastic straws in the first year alone. The brands are openly hoping to inspire more hospitality operators to take similar steps and introduce plastic straw bans in order to take better care of our planet.
Plastic straws may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think about the culprits of ocean pollution – but, although small and seemingly harmless, in reality, they do cause immense harm to the environment. In America alone, 500 million plastic straws are used on a daily basis! Nearly 700 marine species are threatened with extinction due to plastic pollution and it is up to every single one of us to help combat this problem.
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