Sands China has stopped offering guests plastic
straws at all its properties, in an effort to reduce the
consumption of single-use plastics.
The company's ban on the use of plastic straws
went into effect on 1 January 2019 and will eliminate the use of
2.2 million plastic straws each year, saving about 1 ton of
Laid down end-to-end on the Hong
Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, that's enough straws to stretch from
Macau to Hong Kong 10 times.
The move is one of several new initiatives to
curb the use of single-use plastics at Sands China's properties,
which employ more than 28,000 team members and received more than
92 million visitors in 2017.
"Our company is constantly looking for new ways
to decrease our carbon footprint, so that we can be ever-more
responsible stewards of our environment," said Mark McWhinnie,
senior vice president of resort operations and development for
Sands China Ltd. "This ban on plastic straws, along with other
plastic-reduction measures, will have a significant impact on our
sustainability efforts, resulting in a greener Macau."
Those other measures include a plan to
progressively replace hotel rooms' single-use bathroom amenities, such as shampoo and conditioner bottles, with refillable
dispensers. Implementation is scheduled to begin early this year
and is estimated to eliminate around 2.7 million plastic bottles
Sands China has also redesigned the
complimentary bottles of water supplied to rooms and suites,
resulting in 3 million fewer bottles of water provided per year.
Additionally, the company is installing filtered
water dispensers in properties' public areas on a trial basis. If
successful, the change would be rolled out at all properties,
massively reducing the usage of bottled water.
Sands China's initiatives to reduce single-use
plastic have also identified other areas for improvement. One such
area is in the company's laundry services, where efforts are being
made to eliminate, replace, or recycle 95% of single-use
plastic packaging, clothes hangers and garment clips.
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