More Brands to Ditch Plastic Straws

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Plastics are being phased out in the hospitality industry with a push toward more sustainable, economically friendly products. Here are some companies making the switch:

Great Wolf Resorts Replaces Plastic Straws

Great Wolf Resorts will replace plastic straws at all 17 of its indoor water park resorts with more environmentally friendly paper straws. The family friendly resort company pledged to remove plastic straws from all of its food and beverage locations before the end of this year, saving more than five million plastic straws from entering local landfills annually.

In 2007, Great Wolf Lodge introduced Project Green Wolf, a program focused on energy and resource conservation. In addition to the paper straws, Great Wolf Lodge will maintain a small supply of other straw options for guests who are unable to drink from non-flexible paper straws.

Oetker Collection Phases Out Plastic Products

Luxury hospitality brand Oetker Collection will phase out the use of disposable plastics, with a complete ban by the end of this year. The plan runs alongside other sustainability commitments, including a goal to replace plastic bottles with glass bottles and install water filtration systems. Oetker Collection has banned the following plastic elements in all hotels:

  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic spoons
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic glass cover in rooms
  • Plastic wrapping of individual sugar cubes
  • Plastic Q-tips/cottons swabs