HMSHost plans to ditch plastic straws by 2020

Many North American airport restaurants and travel venues are eliminating plastic straws thanks to global restaurateur HMSHost, which operates dining locations at airports and motorways across the country, according to a company press release. 

"At HMSHost, we believe that each of us can start somewhere to make our world a better place. Today, I’m proud to further our commitment as good corporate citizens with the elimination of plastic straws by 2020," President and CEO Steve Johnson said in the release. "Our position in this industry allows us to lead in the areas of sustainability and environmental protection. I encourage our industry peers to join us in this vital step to have a lasting impact for future generations."

Earlier this year, HMSHost began eliminating plastic cocktail stirrers in nearly all casual dining locations and created two straw-free signature cocktails to raise awareness about the environmental impact of plastic straws and other single-use plastics.

HMSHost North American locations used about 100 million straws last year.

Topics: Going Green

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