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Anantara and Avani to ditch all plastic straws

Hotel brands Anantara and Avani have vowed to ditch plastic straws for good as they hone their sustainability credentials.

From January 1, every hotel, restaurant and bar at the resorts throughout Asia will use alternatives to plastic for people to sip their drinks through.

Biodegradable and recyclable alternatives will replace the 2.5 million plastic straws that had been used every year.

A statement from the group said: “The ubiquitous nature of plastic has long concerned all of us at Anantara and Avani and our priority is to preserve the stunning destinations that we invite our guests to experience for future generations.

“We recognise that our guests are increasingly eco-conscious and the shift in demand for sustainable travel options means that the decision to end the use of plastic straws was a natural one.

“It is also a major step forward in achieving our sustainability goals and for protecting the natural habitats of many endangered species of marine life across Asia, such as dugongs and turtles.”

By the end of 2018, the hotels said they will adopt the same change in stance in its other markets outside of Asia.

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