Hotel Group Adopts Plastic-Free Straw Initiative

Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 January 2019 – In alignment with the plastic-free straw commitment of leading hotel group Accor Hotels, Mercure Hotels South Africa has fully adopted the initiative from January 2019 across their branches in Randburg, Midrand, Bedfordview and Nelspruit.

Prior to the initiative and commitment to reducing plastic waste, on average the hotel group in South Africa was previously disposing a total of 25 200 in 30 days and 302 400 plastic straws in a year across their franchises.

The general impact of plastic straws on the environment demonstrated the importance of the initiative alongside consumers becoming increasingly aware of the implications of plastic wastage. 

Mercure Hotels South Africa has locally put the global commitment into effect to create change within the hospitality industry and to assist in reducing plastic consumption as well as reducing the environmental impact of their hotel network in South Africa.

Shobha Dhurumraj, Marketing Manager of Mercure South Africa said “The Mercure Group is proud to be a part of this global initiative, driven by Accor and we pledge our commitment to using biodegradable alternatives to plastic straws. We realize that such campaigns are empowering and preserving our natural resources can only lend to the long-term sustainability of the organizations. It is a win for the environment and a win for the Mercure Group

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