Hospitality and tourism industries have made a major shift towards environmental sustainability in the past few years. After several big names rolling out nature-friendly initiatives, it is now time for the Peninsula Group of hotels to join the bandwagon – that we all sooner or later need to be a part of. In a very welcoming move, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels have announced a ban on plastic straws from November 1 in all their commercial properties and clubs.
The initiative is the first in the hotel’s larger plan of eliminating single use plastic, such as water bottles, packaging and bathroom amenities from its operations by 2020. The marquee plans to achieve the goal not just through intensive reduction, but also by detailed replacements with sustainable alternatives and increased recycling. For now, it will replace plastic straws with sustainable paper considerations, which will only be served upon request where possible.
As stated by HSH Managing Director and CEO Clement Kwok, “Our approach on transitioning away from single use plastics in our operations is in line with our global Sustainable Luxury Vision 2020, which emphasizes the need to have a positive social, economic and environmental benefit on the local communities in which we operate. We recognize the detrimental impact that single use plastics are having on the world and society at large. We believe businesses have a responsibility to take action and as an industry leader, we are pleased to play our part in driving this change.” We bet you’d think twice before using the dammed plastic straws now on!