The world's largest hotel company has joined the growing
movement to ban plastic straws.
Marriott International said Wednesday that it will remove
disposable plastic straws and stirrers from all of its 6,500-plus properties
worldwide across 30 brands within one year, offering decomposable alternatives only on request.
It joins a growing list of hotel companies and cruise lines
that have announced similar initiatives in recent months.
Once fully implemented, Marriott estimates it will eliminate
the use of more than 1 billion plastic straws and about a quarter billion
stirrers each year.
Marriott said some hotels have already eliminated plastic
straws, offering decomposable alternatives on request.
Plastic straws, like much of the plastic waste that has
gained increased international attention recently, will never fully decompose.
Earlier this year, Marriott began replacing small toiletry
bottles in the guest bathrooms of about 450 select-service hotels with in-shower
dispensers. The new dispensers, which are expected to be in place at more than
1,500 hotels in North America by the end of this year, are estimated to keep
more 35 million small plastic toiletry bottles out of landfills each year.