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Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront has announced its “no plastic straws” initiative, #refusethestraw, which is aimed at eliminating plastic straw usage by the hotel.

According to the hotel the initiative will see it use only biodegradable straws in future future to only use biodegradable straws, which falls in line with its environmental and sustainability strategy. The strategy has also already involved ground-breaking initiatives to reduce water consumption and the hotel has become the first hotel in Cape Town to use seawater in their swimming pool.

To focus consumer attention on the issue of plastic straws and its effect on the environment, the hotel plans to use only paper straws from this month onwards. Other measures to raise consumer awareness will include displays and signage in public areas, with the tagline #refusethestraw.

Commenting on the initiative, Angus Spurr, the food and drinks manager for Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, said: “This is an important initiative. Straws rank in the top five of plastic junk found in the oceans – 90% of waste in the ocean is plastic.

“It’s our aim to conduct business more responsibly, especially environmentally, and we’ll continue to take initiatives such as this.”