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No More Plastic Straws at These Asian Resorts

December 22, 2017

Published on Dec 22, 2017


Starting 2018 on a greener foot, Anantara and Avani Hotels & Resorts have pledged to eradicate plastic straws at every single property across the Asia region from January 1, with plans to extend their environmentally-forward decision across properties throughout Australasia, Europe and the Middle East by the end of the year.

Anantara and Avani Hotels & Resorts

The plastic straws, which can take up to 500 years to breakdown and are the number two polluters of the ocean, will be replaced by bamboo versions, made with a wild, fast-growing bamboo indigenous to Northern Thailand. The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is working with a local artist, Khamchan Yano, to ensure the bamboo is strong enough to reuse, while also remaining hygienic.

"As industry leaders, it's important for us to play an active role in reducing the consumption and wastage of plastic globally. The enormous benefits for the health of the oceans make this an obvious choice from both a business and environmental perspective. Across Asia, this will save 2.5 million plastic straws in the first year alone," said William Heinecke, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Minor Hotels, which includes both the Anantara and Avani brands.

Anantara and Avani Hotels & Resorts

Heinecke also has plans for more Minor Hotels to adopt the initiative—Oaks and Tivoli properties throughout Asia will also begin to ban plastic straws later in the year.




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