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Hospitality Industry Works to Combat Plastic Waste

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Hotels, airlines, cruise lines and restaurants are minimizing the use of single-use plastic.

The world is battling a plastic waste crisis and to help combat the issue, hotels, airlines, cruise lines and restaurants are minimizing the use of single-use plastic, such as straws, cups, bottles and laundry bags.

Hilton, for example, has committed to eliminating plastic straws from its hotels by the end of this year. It’s also working to remove plastic bottles from its conference and event spaces. Carnival Cruise Line is also making an effort to reduce plastic by only offering straws for non-frozen drinks upon request.

USA TODAY has more:

The hospitality industry no longer is being hospitable to plastic waste.

Momentum is growing to minimize the use of single-use plastic among hotels, airlines, airports and cruise lines. That means plastic straws, cups, bottles, laundry bags and even packaging for hotel guestroom slippers are starting to disappear.

Plastic waste has wreaked havoc on tourist destinations around the world. Late last year, authorities in Bali, Indonesia, declared a “garbage emergency” because of the amount of plastic washing up on a nearly 4-mile stretch of beach on the island’s west coast.

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