Eco-friendly Hawaiian hotel bans plastic straws

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When you go on a vacation to Hawaii, one of the main activities you’ll probably partake in is drinking. However if you stay in the Hilton Waikoloa Village or the Modern Honolulu, you may have to sip on your alcoholic beverage without a straw.

The two hotels have banned the use of plastic straws all together in an attempt to decrease beach debris and protect aquatic wildlife. The Modern Honolulu used 612,000 plastic straws in 2017 before switching to paper straws. The hotel hopes to cut straw use by 80{4b67ba8b923a50fd3c2d318c36d85df0f722be16ef3877469216aec8196f2e86} in 2018 and beyond.

Douglas Rucker, managing director of the Hilton Waikoloa Village, hoped that their environmentally friendly move will motivate guests to cut down on lastic use, even after they check out: “With making a small change in removing plastic straws on the property, The Modern Honolulu hopes to inspire guests and businesses on the island and around the world to act responsibly while they stay with us and after they leave our shores”.