Caesars Entertainment has announced a new phased approach to removing all single-use plastic straws from its US locations.
The company estimates that they will help eliminate approximately 200 million single-use plastic straws, which would have been used once and discarded every year.
The plan began in July 2018, when Caesars moved to an ‘upon request only’ policy for straws.
The next phase saw Caesars strategic sourcing team developing a permanent selection of sustainable straw options, and continuing to pilot new and innovative products in the marketplace. Select locations are already using paper straws, metal reusable straws and bamboo stirrers.
Ryan Voss, vice president of corporate beverages at Caesars Entertainment, said: “Eliminating single-use plastic straws and stirrers builds upon our pre-existing sustainability commitment and further accelerates our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint as part of our company-wide CSR goals. We are launching this initiative at all U.S. locations, but hope to expand this program globally.
“Our passion for sustainability doesn’t just start and stop at straws, however. At Caesars Entertainment we’re always looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact and find innovative solutions that aid in that mission without compromising the quality of our guests’ experience.”
This single-use plastic straw ban will also be implemented at CAESARS FORUM upon opening in 2020, a $375 million, 550,000 square-foot conference centre with the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world and FORUM Plaza, the first 100,000 square-foot outdoor meeting and event space in Las Vegas.
For more information on Caesars’ sustainability commitments, visit www.caesars.com/corporate/corporate-social-responsibility.