The Nordic hotel company says it will be taking 1.3 million straws and 120,000 cocktail sticks out of circulation.
Scandic Hotels has just announced a decision to stop using plastic straws and cocktail sticks in all of its hotels to help reduce the harmful impact these products have on the environment.
Travel-related companies across Europe are starting to take similar decisions, such as the Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten one month ago.
“As a part of our sustainability program, we’re looking to remove all single-use disposable items made of plastic,” outlined Lena Bjurner, senior vice president for human resources and sustainability at Scandic Hotels Group.
“In total, we’re taking approximately 1.3 million straws and 120,000 cocktail sticks out of circulation on a yearly basis. We are also replacing the plastic lids for our take away coffee mugs with biodegradable ones.”
Plastic waste has become a huge environmental challenge, with organisations around the world estimating that there are over 150 million tons of plastic in the world’s oceans and that every year about one million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die from eating or getting tangled in plastic waste.
And a new report by the UK Government Office for Science says that the amount of plastic in the oceans is expected to triple between by 2025.
By removing plastic straws, cocktail sticks and plastic coffee mug lids from its operations, Scandic says it hopes to inspire other hotel companies to do the same.
The Nordic hotel company will begin phasing out the straws, sticks and lids at all of its hotels “starting as soon as possible”.
At the same time, Scandic is evaluating eco-friendly replacement products and will offer eco-friendly straws at its bars and restaurants for guests who need them, for example people with special needs.