IHG TO BE PLASTIC STRAW FREE WORLDWIDE BY END OF 2019

Plastic straws on a benchtop.

By the end of 2019, IHG will have removed plastic straws from all its properties worldwide.

Taking plastic straws out of more than 5,400 hotels, IHG estimates it will eliminate an average of 50 million single-use plastic straws every year, enough straw to span all the way from New York to Tokyo.

“IHG is in almost 100 countries, and we touch the lives of millions of people each day. This gives us a responsibility to protect the environment and an opportunity to make a real difference,” said Keith Barr, CEO, IHG.

“There is always more we can do to minimise waste, but the work we’re doing to reduce single-use plastic is a powerful example of how we can come together with guests, owners and colleagues to drive positive change.”