Continuing its environmental-friendly philosophy, Corinthia Palace Hotel has announced it will no longer offer plastic drinking-straws to guests.

The move follows imminent EU legislation that will ban single-use plastics. Environmental concerns focus on the fact that plastic straws take over 200 years to break down. Already, a number of UK restaurants have said they are phasing out straws, making them only available on request. Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle have also supported the campaign.

“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 General Manager David Woodward.

“Following discussions that arose in the EU reflecting straws’ usage, and the damage they cause the environment, we have decided… will be a straw-free property.”

Corinthia Palace Hotel normally uses about 40,000 plastic straws each year, and will now use paper straws as a substitute, offered on request.

As a collection of luxury, five-star hotels worldwide, Corinthia’s eco-friendly policies play a major role in its operations, and sustainability is a top priority.

Across the Group, the company’s environmental sustainability is championed through its Premier Partnership with international water-aid charity Just A Drop. Over the last three years Corinthia has brought life-changing clean water to more than 40,000 children and families across five Just A Drop projects, the most recent in Zambia and Tanzania.

“We strive for sustainability across three areas of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda, in environmental sustainability, personal sustainability and community sustainability,“ said Commercial Director Matthew Dixon.