As part of their ongoing sustainability and environment protection efforts, global restaurateur, HMSHost, announced that they are planning to eliminate the use of plastic straws at their North American locations by 2020. Last year, approximately 100 million straws were used at HMSHost’s award-winning casual and quick-service airport dining locations and motorways across North America.

To meet the objective of ending plastic straw use, HMSHost will work with its restaurant brands to reduce waste and find sustainable, innovative alternatives.

“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,” said Steve Johnson, HMSHost president and CEO. “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 their casual dining locations. They also created two straw-free signature cocktails to create awareness about the use of plastic straws.