Tokyo Hotel to Introduce Wooden Straws

Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo said Tuesday that it will introduce wooden straws at some of its restaurants on Jan. 16, amid many eateries starting to abolish plastic straws in an effort to prevent marine plastic pollution from worsening.

The hotel in the Nagatacho district of Chiyoda Ward, which uses some 80,000 plastic straws a year at restaurants, bars and other places, plans to completely end their use by April.

Only if customers request straws, the wooden ones will be handed out, the hotel said.

Wooden straws, which mainly use Japanese timber obtained from forest thinning, cost more than 10 times that of plastic straws. But the hotel "decided to introduce them to help promote environmental conservation," its manager said.

Moves to shun plastic straws already have begun in the hotel industry.

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