These hotels, resorts, and cruises have committed to eliminating plastic junk as best as they can.
You might have chanced upon viral videos or images of marine life injesting plastic junk, which have inevitably placed the spotlight on the environmental impact of plastic waste.
The culprits, more often than not, are plastic straws and bags, which easily make its way into the ocean due to its size and its inability to biodegrade.
In a growing trend that speaks volumes about the change in consumer attitude, various hotels, resorts, and hospitality-related brands are now either cutting down or completely eliminating the use of single-used plastic.
While plastic straws are but a part of the sheer volume of waste disposed each day, the commitment to keeping them out of sight and out of mind is a first step to saving our oceans.
1. Six Senses Hotels, Resorts, & Spas
With a strong focus on sustainability practices, the brand has been bottling its own water on-site for the past 15 years, so as to reduce the use of plastic water bottles. It has also banned plastic straws at Six Senses Zighy Bay.
In May 2018, the hotel chain announced that they will be removing plastic straws from all 650 of their properties by the end of the year, along with a goal of cutting their environment impact in half by 2030.
3. Four Seasons
They unveiled in April a commitment to eliminate plastic straws from all 110 of their hotels by the end of 2018.
Effective June 1, AccorHotels will be banning plastic straws in all of their 125 UK locations.
5. Anantara and AVANI Hotels & Resorts
The brands announced in a press release last year that starting January 1, 2018, they would be eliminating plastic straws from all resorts and hotels in Asia.
6. Marriott International
In mid-July, the hotel brand promised that all 6,500 Marriott hotels and resorts worldwide, as well as the corporate HQ, would be straw-free by July 2019. In addition, plastic drink stirrers would be removed and mini plastic shampoo bottles replaced with wall-mounted dispensers in 1,500 of its North American hotels.
In its July announcement, Hyatt said that they plan on phasing out plastic straws and drink picks at all of their locations and will only offer them upon request starting September 1, 2018.
The boutique river cruise line has pledged to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022. As of now, plastic straws and water bottles have already been removed from all of their ships.
9. Royal Caribbean
By the end of 2018, the cruise line intends to eliminate all plastic straws on their ships by the end of this year, with paper straws being provided instead. In the future, they also hope to offer wooden coffee stirrers and drink picks.
10. Edition Hotels
Owned by Marriot, Edition hotels plans to remove all single-use plastics from their hotels (in 11 locations) in 2019.