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AccorHotels is taking steps in an environmentally-conscious direction, pledging to ban plastic straws in all its British and Irish hotels.

A deadline is set for June 1, and then all the hotels must be rid of their plastic straws. The ban is across all bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels facilities. AccorHotels is sourcing biodegradable paper straw alternative where necessary.

The ban is coming ahead of the British Government’s consultation later in the year to decide if a total prohibition of cotton buds, plastic drink straws and other single-use plastics is necessary.

“The recent public attention on the impact of single-use plastic on the environment has demonstrated the importance of this issue and our shared responsibility to minimise its usage,” said Shane Munro, vice president of Food and Beverage at AccorHotels.

“We are constantly looking at ways to reduce the environmental impact of our hotels and stopping the use of plastic straws in our cafes, bars and restaurants represents another significant step in this direction.”