Disability Organisations Unite Against Starbucks’ Plastic Straw Ban

Disability organisations representing over 500,000 disabled people in Europe and North America have thrown their weight behind a letter to Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, coordinated by Scottish disability rights organization One in Five. In their letter, co-signed by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thomson and political representatives from every major UK political party, One in Five states that Starbucks’ intention to eliminate single-use plastic straws globally by 2020 has caused ‘consider anxiety’ and led to many disabled people feeling excluded by the world’s largest coffee chain. The campaigners have challenged Starbucks to invest in the research…

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Hard Rock International Announces Commitment to Help ‘Save the Planet’ by Eliminating Plastic Straws at Properties Worldwide

Hard Rock International (HRI) announced today the goal to eliminate plastic straws at properties worldwide effective September 1, 2018, in addition to existing ‘green’ initiatives already in place at the Hard Rock Cafes/Hotels/Casinos globally. Aside from the straw initiative, HRI will transition to paper only to-go bags by mid-August. Durable, Earth-friendly straws will still be available upon request by end of year 2018 “One of Hard Rock’s founding mottos is to ‘Save the Planet’, and this is only an extension of the commitment we made to do just that 47…

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IKEA UK and Ireland to remove all single-use plastic straws by 1st October 2018

IKEA UK and Ireland have announced the removal of all single-use plastic straws from its product range and restaurants by 1st October 2018, as part of its vision to have a positive impact on people and the planet. IKEA will also be looking at possible replacements for use by people with diabilities. The commitment applies to all UK and Ireland stores, including the recently opened IKEA Exeter store, all future IKEA outlets and IKEA online. The announcement is the first of many steps IKEA is taking towards its global commitment…

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Hilton Calls Time on Plastic Straws

Hilton will remove plastic straws from its 650 managed properties by the end of 2018. Hilton also reveals its new goal to double its social impact investments and cut its global environmental impact in half by 2030, with the help of science-based targets.  In Europe, Middle East & Africa alone, the commitment will remove more than five million plastic straws and 20 million plastic water bottles annually. Laid end to end, the straws saved each year in the region would exceed the length of the River Seine.  An estimated eight…

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Alaska Airlines goes strawless in partnership with nonprofit Lonely Whale, continues commitment to sustainability

Alaska Airlines and Lonely Whale today announced the airlines’ initiative to replace single-use, non-recyclable, plastic stir straws and citrus picks with sustainable alternatives in its airport lounges and on all domestic and international commercial flights starting July 16, 2018. The initiative is one of many in Alaska Airlines’ push for sustainability and goal of reducing its inflight waste per passenger going to landfills by 70 percent by 2020. “Whether providing fantastic service or leading in sustainability, caring about people and communities is in our DNA,” said Diana Birkett Rakow, Alaska…

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