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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.

To find out how to use less plastic in your everyday life, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

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15 comments on “2 Major Resort Chains in Asia Are Ditching Plastic Straws in 2018!”

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Catherine Lleras
3 Months Ago

Ashley Riddle Rachel Augusta Karrie Vrabel !!!


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Patrick Foster
3 Months Ago

they should be banning a lot more things...


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Christina Anders
3 Months Ago

this should be a mandatory ban across the globe....let's make this happen in 2018!!!


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Cynthia Conrad
23 Dec 2017

Yes!!!!!

Sheryll C. Javier
3 Months Ago

Use washable Stainless steel straw to save trees. No to plastic and paper straw..


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Tammy M. Herr
3 Months Ago

yay, Patty Becker Cervenka


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Patty Becker Cervenka
29 Dec 2017

I was thrilled to find only paper straws at Disney's Vero Beach Resort while we were there!

Faith Madore
3 Months Ago

We used paper straws when I was a kid and could again.


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Elliot Porbin
3 Months Ago

Why not just make them biodegradable?


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Jules Balsiger
23 Dec 2017

Plastics are not only had to the environment in landfills but the PRODUCTION is not sustainable...not to mention poor labor situations, transporting, storage, packaging. Plastic is a byproduct of oil - so also fueling the industrial war machines. Now...about that biodegradable plastic...the production is equally damaging to the environment and biodegradable products need sunlight to activate the process. Landfills don't allow for direct sunlight. They also end up in the water supply and can cause damage to marine life.

Elliot Porbin
23 Dec 2017

Hemp plastic?

Jules Balsiger
23 Dec 2017

Use a metal or bamboo straw...wash and resuse. Or a paper straw (less desired). Plastics, especially single-use plastics imo should be banned worldwide.

Elliot Porbin
23 Dec 2017

Nice idea

Jules Balsiger
23 Dec 2017

More info... https://www.google.com.tr/search?q=ban+the+straw&oq=ban+the+straw&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.7729j0j4&client=ms-android-samsung&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8

John Pasqua
3 Months Ago

BAN ALL PLASTIC CRAP STRAWS ON EARTH NOW TO SAVE THE MARINE LIFE FROM THIS NOW.


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