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Marriott removes plastic straws from its 6,500 hotels!

Marriott removes plastic straws from its 6,500 hotels!

The largest hotel chain in the world, and a chain BYHOURS proudly partners with around the world, wins the move against straws!

Marriott Hotels have declared they will be eliminating plastic straws from its 6,500 hotels by June 2019. Once fully implemented, the company could eliminate the use of more than 1 billion plastic straws per year! Wow! And also about a quarter billion stirrers.

A single plastic straw – which might be used for about 15 minutes – will never fully decompose, so this is a pretty big deal as it also marks the beginning of a new wave of environmentally friendly decision-making.

Marriott Hotels & Sustainability

“We are proud to be among the first large U.S. companies to announce that we’re eliminating plastic straws in our properties worldwide. Removing plastic straws is one of the simplest ways our guests can contribute to plastic reduction when staying with us – something they are increasingly concerned about and are already doing in their own homes. We are committed to operating responsibly and – with over one million guests staying with us every night – we think this is a powerful step forward to reducing our reliance on plastics.”

Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International on Marriot International.
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‘The last straw’ is just one among many iniciatives

Marriott’s plastic straw initiative is just one of the company’s many changes it is making to enhance the sustainability of its operations and reduce plastic consumption. Marriott International’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact is seen in other actions too.

“As the global hospitality leader with properties and associates across 125 countries and territories, Marriott International has a global responsibility and unique opportunity to be a force for good in all aspects of our business – from helping to reduce carbon and water use to other social responsabilities”

Ray Bennett, Chief Global Officer, Global Operations at Marriott International and Serve 360 Executive Leadership Council Co-Chair. 

Marriott has also began replacing small toiletry bottles in the guest bathrooms with larger, in-shower dispensers that distribute more product for guests to use and reducing waste. The new toiletry dispensers are expected to be in place at more than 1,500 hotels in North America by the end of this year, which would enable Marriott to eliminate more than 35 million small plastic toiletry bottles annually that typically go to landfills.

Last year, the company set its most ambitious sustainability and social impact goals ever that call for reducing landfill waste by 45 percent and responsibly sourcing its top 10 product purchase categories by 2025. These goals and other sustainability programs help reduce their environmental footprint and are part of the company’s Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction initiative that addresses social, environmental, and economic issues.

Marriot Hotels additionally have many plans for the upcoming years, with the goals by 2025 to:

Reduce water by 15%, carbon by 30%, waste by 45% and food waste by 50%

BYHOURS & Sustainability

BYHOURS loves to partner with forward thinking hotels. Read more about other hotels that are also becoming more environmentally friendly. A great example is the Hotel Sleep N Atocha in Madrid and their ¨I want to plant a tree¨option, where they donate 5 euros to Reforest, click here to read more

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