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Marriott International removes plastic straws and stirrers

 - Jul 24, 2018
References: marriott & nbcnews
Marriott International is taking the eco-initiative to remove plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by next year. The multinational hospitality company announced on Wednesday that by July 2019, approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers will be phased out completely.

Earlier this year, 60 Marriott hotels in the United Kingdom already eliminated plastic straws. Similarly, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Australia have also pushed the ban. Director of sales and marketing, Amanda Cox, from the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Florida says they have replaced the use of 65,000 straws per month with biodegradable paper straws. Cox said since Florida is a nesting ground for loggerhead sea turtles, it was the most logical decision to make.

Earlier this year, the Marriott also started replacing shampoo and conditioner bottles with in-shower dispensers at many locations. Marriott will take the year to identify potential alternatives and will continue to reduce its environmental footprint.

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