IHG has announced that it will eliminate plastic straws globally
They have already retired from almost 1,000 hotels in EMEA and are presenting advancing properties in the Americas
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announced today that we will globally eliminate plastic straws by the end of 2019, representing more than 5,400 hotels in almost 100 countries. The plastic straws have already been removed from almost 1,000 hotels in our region of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) and we are presenting larger bathroom amenities for several hotel brands in the Americas, as part of the extensive efforts to reduce waste.
Keith Barr, CEO, IHG, commented: "IHG is in almost 100 countries and we touch the lives of millions of people every day. This makes us responsible for protecting the environment and the opportunity to make a real difference. We can always do more to minimize waste, but the work we are doing to reduce single-use plastic is a powerful example of how we can unite with guests, owners and colleagues to drive positive change. "
"This work does not go unnoticed. Recently, we were named industry leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the second year in a row, which is a real pride for us and a recognition of the hard work and dedication of our people and partners around the world. "
Madhu Rajesh, Director, International Tourism Partnership (ITP), commented: "IHG's commitment to reducing plastic waste demonstrates its ability to be a force directed at good in local communities around the world. With initiatives like these, and through close collaboration with industry, the hotel and tourism industry can continue to lead the way in establishing clear and quantifiable commitments that improve sustainability. This was fundamental to the ITP's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which supports UN Sustainable Development Goals and allows our industry to be at the forefront of sustainable growth. "
"Our decision to eliminate plastic straws globally will eliminate an average of 50 million single-use plastic straws in more than 5,400 IHG-branded hotels each year." Placed end-to-end, the straws we eliminated would cover about 10,500 kilometers - which extend from New York to Tokyo.The elimination of plastic drinking straws will be implemented through a global brand standard, with biodegradable alternatives available. "
"We are launching larger bathroom amenities at several brands in our Americas region Our Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® brands are increasing their adoption of larger dispensers Our EVEN® and avid hotel brands ™ have included larger amenities since its launch, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants began launching them last year.Sustainability was also an important part of IHG's approach to developing our new brand of luxury hotels, voco ™. single-use plastics moving away from miniature bathroom amenities, working with the right suppliers to help us maintain a sense of quality, and we are exploring ways in which we can apply this approach to our other hotel brands. "
"As part of our long-term plans, we already have a number of other waste reduction efforts around the world that reinforce our commitment to manage our business responsibly."
"Through partnerships such as Clean the World in the Americas and Soap for Hope in Asia, almost 450 IHG-branded hotels have collectively prevented nearly 200,000 kg of soap from being wasted, rather than being sent to a landfill, soap has been recycled into almost three million new bars to redistribute to the communities that need it most. "
"The IHG Green Engage ™ system, our well-established online sustainability program, recommends ways for IHG-branded hotels around the world to manage their waste more effectively, including a guide on how they can manage, store, recycle and eliminate waste both inside and outside the site, to minimize the environmental impact and costs".