IHG colleagues cleaning plastic waste from the banks of the River Thames. (Submitted photo)

LONDON — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has announced it will eliminate plastic straws at the company’s more than 5,400 hotels. Plastic straws have already been removed from nearly 1,000 hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

“There is always more we can do to minimize waste, but the work we’re doing to reduce single-use plastic is a powerful example of how we can come together with guests, owners and colleagues to drive positive change,” says Keith Barr, CEO on IHG.

The decision to eliminate plastic straws will remove an average of 50-million single-use-plastic straws from their branded hotels each year. IHG also plans to introduce bulk-size bathroom amenities to several hotel brands in the Americas, as part of broader efforts to reduce waste.

“We will seek to reduce single-use plastics by moving away from miniature bathroom amenities — working with the right suppliers to help us retain a quality feel — and we are exploring ways in which we can apply this approach to our other hotel brands,” Barr noted.


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