Plastic waste: Compostable drinking straws

The European Commission has vowed to tackle the problem of plastic waste. At the end of May, it published a draft directive that proposes to ban non-recyclable plastic products. These include plastic drinking straws. Many people aren’t aware that they account for four percent of plastic waste disposed of in the ocean. It will take several years to enact the EU Directive and transpose it into national law in all the Member States. TUI subsidiary RIU Hotels & Resorts is already taking action to reduce plastic waste. 35 hotels and resorts in Spain and Portugal have been using drinking straws that are completely biodegradable since June. “Reduce plastic waste with compostable products” is the motto. To increase awareness about the problem and make a small contribution to cleaner oceans, RIU has also joined the UN’s #BeatPlasticPollution campaign. On World Environment Day, 5 June, the hotel chain’s staff and guests took part in more than 20 litter collection activities.