‘The Last Straw’ For Fairmont Southampton

April 20, 2018

In an effort to help the problems of plastic in the oceans, the Fairmont Southampton has made a commitment to eliminating conventional plastic straws, and resort guests who still prefer a straw, will be provided eco-friendly and 100% compostable straws at request

A spokesperson said, “Bermuda’s largest resort is going ‘strawless.’ Fairmont Southampton is pioneering the elimination of conventional plastic straws.

“As of World Earth Day on April 22, 2018, the resort will proactively replace plastic straws with a sustainable alternative. ‘The Last Straw’ campaign was initiated by Fairmont Southampton’s team in the wake of a new global sustainability movement.

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New “Straw Upon Request Only” Policy

“Resort guests who still prefer to enjoy their libation with a straw, will be provided eco-friendly and 100% compostable straws, available upon request [paper straws on the beach],” a spokesperson explained.

Wouter Aarts, Director of Food & Beverage at Fairmont Southampton comments: “With a growing awareness for global socio-environmental issues, come bigger responsibilities to do our part in keeping Bermuda beautiful and environmentally friendly. Our commitment to eliminating conventional plastic straws is an important step in the right direction.”

“Plastic straws, and plastic waste in general, form a majority of the marine debris, which can be found floating in the seas and on shores in Bermuda and around the world – with potentially devastating effects to marine sea life.

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“Single-use plastic straws take an estimated 200 years to break down, and can pose a serious threat to animals such as turtles, fish, sea birds when ingested.

“About an estimated half a billion plastic straws are tossed by the US and UK per day, many of which end up in the oceans. A report by the World Economic Forum has warned that by the year 2050, there might be more plastic than fish in the oceans.”

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  1. aceboy says:

    Good. Well done!

    It is a small step but one that is in the right direction.

  2. Slipnut says:

    With all the businesses coming on line with this good idea of saving the environment maybe the cost that was factored in on the price would be reflected on said drink.

    • inna says:

      Might be a savings of 2 cents per drink.

      A box of 1000 of those small drinking straws are only a few bucks

  3. Brady says:

    Good news! Next, lets get rid of plastic bags, cups, containers.

  4. Kim Smith says:

    Bravo, Southampton Princess!

  5. just wondering says:

    Great news and well done to the Fairmont – now can they start replacing the plastic cups that they provide on the beach with bio degradable alternatives?

  6. Sara says:

    Step in the right direction, but keep going it’s only the surface.

  7. LOL says:

    Absurd! What’s next, not washing cups, dishes, and silverware to save water? One ply bathroom tissue? Limiting the number of bathroom tissue squares? Not flushing the toilet when used?