Sandals Resorts announced today that they are eliminating the use of plastic straws at all of their resorts starting November 1, 2018.
Sandals and Beaches Resorts announced the elimination of single-use plastic straws and stirrers at all its 19 properties across the Caribbean on the first day of Pollution Prevention Week.
The move, the all-inclusive resort chain noted, will result in the elimination of 21,490,800 single-use plastic straws and stirrers across its resorts each year.
Eco-friendly paper straws will be available upon request, Sandals said in a news release, adding that yesterday’s move represented the first phase of the group’s program to move beyond single-use plastics which it intends to achieve by September 2019.
“We care deeply about our commitment to preserving both marine wildlife and human health within the many beautiful islands we’re connected to. Eliminating single-use plastic straws and stirrers is only the beginning of our journey toward helping create a plastic-free sea in the region we call home,” added Stewart in an interview with the Jamaican Observer.
While I love a plastic straw in my Frozen Bob Marley, I think it’s a great initiative to help eliminate waste and pollution. If you ever watched the youtube video of the sea turtle getting a plastic straw removed from his nose you would instantly agree with the decision. Hopefully other resorts follow suit – I’m sure many will.
My next stay at Sandals is in October and I’m hopeful they will have some of the new paper straws to test out. Good job Sandals!