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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Share Tags: Hawaii, Sheraton Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Sheraton Maui Resort says no to single-use plastic straws MAUI — Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is doing its part to help save the environment by completely eliminating single-use plastic straws in favour of a marine-friendly alternative.According to Surfrider Foundation, approximately 500 million plastic drinking straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone, and 175 billion straws are used in a year. Moreover, Lonely Whale Foundation asserts that an estimated 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs, and when they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50 percent mortality rate.Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is implementing paper straws as an environmentally conscious solution at its multiple dining establishments, luau, banquets and events.Paper straws will be provided in keiki (kids) beverages and blended tropical drinks, with other beverages being served without straws unless a paper straw is requested.“Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock), fronting the resort, is one of the top destinations on Maui to see tropical marine life in their natural habitat, including the beloved honu. Implementing usage of paper straws over single-use plastics is one of the many initiatives we have at a property level centered on corporate social responsibility, protecting the ‘aina, or land, and honoring our resort’s special location in Ka‘anapali,” said Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s General Manager Tetsuji Yamazaki.This isn’t the only sustainable initiative the resort has implemented. From the guest rooms, all of the HI-5 and non-HI-5 recyclable items are sorted each day and picked up for recycling. Partially used bath amenities are donated to social welfare organizations, and old pillows and blankets are donated to Maui Humane Society and Salvation Army instead of being thrown away. The resort recycles more than 10 tons of cardboard and paper per month, and more than 15 tons per month of landscape waste from continual upkeep of the resort’s 23 acres is picked up and recycled into mulch. Food waste from the resort’s food and beverage outlets is donated to a local food waste service program. The culmination of these efforts yields big results.“We strongly believe that care for one another begins with taking care of our surroundings and our continued sustainability efforts are just one of the many ways we strive to provide the highest standard of care and comfort for visitors and guests at our resort,” said Yamazaki.