Anantara Hotels & Resorts has banned
the use of single-use plastic straws at every property worldwide
from 1 October 2018.
Anantara became one of the first major hotel brands to eradicate
plastic straws at every single property across the Asia region
earlier this year, and since then has been working hard to roll out the ban to
its rapidly growing number of properties
in Australasia, Europe and the Middle East.
immense success of the first phase of the plastic straw ban at all
Anantara properties in Asia, we are thrilled to announce the
implementation of this policy worldwide,” said John Roberts,
Group Director of Sustainability & Conservation for Anantara.
“Each single-use plastic straw takes hundreds of years to break
down and scientists predict there may soon be more straws than
fish in the oceans by 2050. Anantara guests are forward thinking
and sustainably minded and want to continue to enjoy the
beautifully lush surroundings for which Anantara is famous for
generations to come.”
The decision to ban plastic straws is
just one more step in Anantara’s ongoing journey as a sustainable tourism brand. In April of this year, Anantara
took the decision to replace the packaging of all dry amenities
with compostable paper and plastic toothbrushes have been replaced
with a biodegradable straw alternative. For years, locally sourced
toiletries such as shampoo, have been provided in larger ceramic
pumps to reduce the amount of packaging and waste created by
individual mini servings. This alone prevents an estimated 4.16
million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills around the
Plastic water bottles are the next ubiquitous
item earmarked for total abolition across the Anantara portfolio.
All plastic water bottles will be banned from rooms and gyms to be
replaced with recyclable glass or refillable alternatives as a
brand standard by the end of 2018.
Until then, guests will
increasingly notice an absence of plastic from all outlets and
facilities in the Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas they frequent.
Anantara restaurants will soon
be managed without any plastic front of house; from the condiments
on tables to the wicker baskets housing the freshly baked pastries
at breakfast. Even around the grounds guests will notice that team
members use bamboo baskets to collect compostable gardening trimmings instead of plastic sacks.
Anantara guests have been invited through the Dollars for Deeds
Program to donate 1 dollar for every night of their stay, which
Anantara then matches. These charitable donations are then
distributed to several of the foundations that Anantara Hotels
support, including the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation
established since 2002 and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant
Foundation, since 2006.