ANANTARA AND AVANI TO DO AWAY WITH PLASTIC STRAWS AT ALL HOTELS & RESORTS IN ASIA
Anantara and AVANI Hotels and Resorts are proud to announce the decision to end the use of plastic drinking straws at all hotels and resorts in Asia from 1 January 2018. The first major hotel brands to announce a companywide decision to eradicate plastic straws at every single property across the Asia region with a view to extend the roll out to properties in Australasia, Europe and the Middle East by the end of the year.
Whilst plastic is one of the most defining inventions of our time, its negative environmental impact is undeniable. Globally, 300 million tons of plastic is produced on an annual basis and around 8.8 million tons of it gets dumped into the oceans. The throwaway nature of these single-use, seemingly harmless plastic straws are actually one of the top two polluters of the ocean, and each straw takes up to 500 years to decompose. The total number of plastic straws used daily is so large that no global usage figures exist, but Americans alone use 500 million straws daily, according to the National Park Service.
The announcement comes alongside the existing environmental initiatives at various Minor Hotels globally. These include the Dugong Conservation projects at Anantara Si Kao, the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, the aquaponics farm at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort, and the ongoing work of the Marine Biologist at Kihavah Maldives.
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