Marriott to remove plastic straws from all UK hotels

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Single-use plastic straws are to be removed from all bars and restaurants at Marriott International hotels in the UK as part of efforts to protect the environment.

With more than 60 sites operating under Marriott brands in the UK, the group has requested its teams to begin removing plastic straws from circulation throughout the hotels with immediate effect. Customers who request straws will be offered biodegradable or paper straws.

It affects locations ranging from W London hotel and its bar The Perception (pictured), Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar at Marriott County Hall London and Red Bar and JW Steakhouse at Grosvenor House in London through to One Square bar and restaurant at Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa Edinburgh.

The move is an example of the global hospitality company’s commitment to reducing waste, energy use and CO2 at its properties around the world.

It is estimated that it takes hundreds of years for plastic straws to decompose, which is proving particularly harmful to marine wildlife. Marriott’s decision follows similar moves by bar and pub companies such as Ei Group, Be At One, Mitchells & Butlers’ All Bar One, JD Wetherspoon, Experimental Group, The New World Trading Company’s The Botanist, Oakman Inns and Redcomb Pubs.

Michel Miserez, area vice president for the United Kingdom and Ireland at Marriott International, said: “Our UK hotels used 300,000 straws last year. By removing plastic straws from our hotels in the UK, we are making a small but significant step in playing our part in reducing the volume of plastic that damages our environment and wildlife.

“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.”

Previous stories
January 24, 2018: Ei Group, which has around 4,600 pubs and bars across England and Wales, is axing single-use plastic straws in its managed sites and urging its lessees and tenants to do the same.
January 16, 2018: The growing campaign against the use of plastic straws in bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs has been backed by the industry’s trade body, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).
December 18, 2017: Bar and pub company Redcomb Pubs has become the latest to stop offering single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers in all of its sites.
October 24, 2017: Be At One has replaced plastic straws with an environmentally friendly alternative for all drinks across its bars.
July 26, 2017: Bar and restaurant group The Alchemist is to stop automatically serving drinks with plastic straws across all of its sites.

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