Alaska Air, Hyatt, Starbucks Latest to Ban Plastic Straws

By Anna Breuer on 9 July 2018
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IMG_4344 (1)Alaska Airlines will soon eliminate the use of plastic straws and citrus picks on its flights and it is part of a growing trend to eliminate the unnecessary use of plastic items such as straws, which are too light to be recycled and end up in landfills instead.

The Seattle-based airline will make non-plastic straws available upon request and will be replacing plastic utensils with white birch stir sticks and a bamboo alternative for the citrus picks. The change goes into effect on July 16.

Meanwhile, Hyatt Hotels and Starbucks said they would phase out the use of plastic straws as well. Hyatt said it would also phase out drink picks, making the items available only on request after September 1.

The move puts the global giants in lockstep with the city of Seattle, where both Starbucks and Alaska Airlines are headquartered, which banned plastic utensils and drinking straws at all food vendors

Other airlines, including Ryanair, Fiji Airways, and Thai Airways, have said they plan to reduce or eliminate plastic utensils and straws on their flights as well.

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