The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa has become the first in Hawaii to outlaw plastic straws due to their environmental impact. Children’s drinks will now be served with paper straws, while adults can get the same by request only.
The non-profit Surfrider Foundation estimates that 500 million plastic drinking straws are thrown out in the United States every single day. That’s a lot of unnecessary straw garbage.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s General Manager Tetsuji Yamazaki spoke out about their commitment to making a change.
“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.”