The move follows planned new EU legislation being introduced before the summer to ban single-use plastics.
Environmental concerns focus on the fact that plastic straws take over 200 years to break down. Already, a number of British restaurants have announced that they are phasing out straws, making them available on request only.
“As a group we strive to look after the environment, buying local produce to reduce our carbon footprint and having an active ECO programme,” said David Woodward, general manager, Corinthia Palace Hotel. “Following EU discussions that arose reflecting straws’ usage and the damage they cause the environment, we have decided that we will be a straw-free property.”
The hotel used, on average, 40,000 straws each year and will now use paper straws with a wax cover as a substitute, offered on request.