Marriott International is removing all single use plastic straws from all hotels, bars and restaurants in Scotland and the wider UK.
With immediate effect all Marriott sites across its diverse brand portfolio will cease to stock plastic straws.
Making the world greener and a safer place for marine life and wildlife one straw at a time.
One straw might not seem much but when you consider that in the UK alone Marriott International used 300,000 of them in the last year alone then you get the idea of where this is all heading. If you factor in all hospitality sites across Scotland (and in the world) we have a massive and very concerning waste issue on our hands. And this is just one of them. The once out of sight items reappear in our oceans and drifting on the the currents congretate in large areas turning these regions, like the Pacific Gyre, into an unpalatable plastic broth that causes the end of the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals in their natural habitat.
The UK is easily the biggest user of plastic straws in Europe, with an estimated 8.5 billion thrown away each year, according to a study by Eunomia Research & Consulting. Most of them end up in a landfill, a very small percentage is actually recycled because they're too small and could be made from several different types of plastic.
It is excellent news that as part of an ongoing commitment to reducing its environmental footprint, Marriott Hotels are now offering biodegradable (or paper) straws to any of its patrons that wish one. Marriott isn't alone in this green drive, it follows on the heels of the Bar and Pub sectors already leading the way.
Any step forward in reducing a negative impact on the environment and wider planet is always to be welcomed but other areas require analysis to reduce damage. From detergent and cleaning product use, with its eventual outflow to the sea, to food waste management and the possibility of providing compostible biomass to community gardens and allotments. Every small step is a significant step towards dealing with an issue that is currently out of control.
A number of restaurants and companies throughout the world have already banned plastic straws, we begin the countdown to complete eradication of something that really has no excuse to exist.
Michel Miserez, VP for the UK & Ireland at Marriott International, commented "Marriott International has a global responsibility and unique opportunity to be a force for good in all aspects of our business. We recognise that how we do business is as important as the business that we do. Incorporating environmental and social initiatives like this one into our business is the right thing to do."
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