Hotel group joins moves to ban plastic straws

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The May Fair Bar and other bars and restaurants at Edwardian Hotels London have become the latest to stop using plastic straws.

They are being replaced with a paper alternative across the group which operates restaurants and bars including the bar at The May Fair Hotel and the Berkshire Lounge Bar and Bijou Lounge Bar at Radisson Blu Edwardian London.

It is the first in a “radical” series of “going green” initiatives planned by the 40-year-old group as part of its commitment to responsible business practices, focusing on ethics, culture, community and the environment.

The group’s director of service excellence, Amir Jati, who has introduced the new policy, said: “There is so much plastic waste washing up on our beaches and polluting our oceans. Plastic straws are a particular menace, taking literally hundreds of years to decompose.

“By replacing the thousands we use each week with biodegradable varieties, I like to think that Edwardian Hotels London is making a small contribution to helping the environment.”

The coming months will see Edwardian Hotels London announce further strategies relating to its use of plastics.

Increasing numbers of bar, club and pub operators are axing plastic straws including Revolution Bars Group, The Deltic Group, TGI Friday’s UK, Ei Group, Be At One, Mitchells & Butlers’ All Bar One, JD Wetherspoon, Experimental Group, The New World Trading Company’s The Botanist, Oakman Inns, Redcomb Pubs and Marriott International.

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