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Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront has announced a no plastic straw initiative

Categories: COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
This aims to cease plastic straw usage by the hotel, and in future to only use straws which are biodegradable.

This is in line with their environmental and sustainability strategy which saw them taking some groundbreaking initiatives to reduce water consumptions and, amongst other accolades, becoming the first hotel in Cape Town to use seawater in their swimming pool.

To focus consumer attention on the issue of plastic straws and their effects on the environment the hotel plans to use only paper straws, from April 2018 onwards. Other measures to raise consumer awareness will include displays and signage in public areas, with the tagline #refusethestraw.

Commenting on the initiative Angus Spurr, Food and Drinks Manager for the hotel said “This is an important initiative for the hotel. Straws rank in the top 5 of plastic junk found in the oceans. 90% of waste in the ocean is plastic.”

He adds that “We have removed non-biodegradable straws from areas such as Tobago’s Restaurant and Terrace, room service and banqueting and will have paper straws available on request. It’s our aim to conduct business more responsibly, especially environmentally, and we’ll continue to take initiatives such as this.”

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