HOTEL JEN PENANG SAYS NO TO PLASTIC STRAWS
PENANG, MALAYSIA – July 2, 2018 – Hotel Jen Penang will transition towards phasing out single use plastics by beginning with the ban on plastic straws in its operations from July 1, 2018, joining the global fight against plastic, ahead of the World No Plastic campaigns in July.
This is the latest series of green initiatives at the hotel, such as offering variety of superb beverages and cocktails without the need to use a straw in an aim to cut waste, which also encourages guests to do their bit.
Plastic straws will be replaced with biodegradable paper straws, which will only be served upon request where possible.
Say “No Straw” Please
This is the first step in the hotel’s approach to moving away from single-use plastics, including food and drink packaging, through reduction, and will be replaced with sustainable alternatives and increased recycling.
The hotel’s sales & marketing team will join the effort and encourage event organisers to embrace sustainable living by offering alternatives to reduce single-use plastic and go green throughout the meetings or events held at Hotel Jen Penang.
“We recognise the long-term detrimental impact on the environment and society at large. We believe we have the responsibility and have committed to making a difference in Penang by reducing the environmental impact of plastic waste.”
Wong Yaw Ling, area CSR and sustainability manager, said, “We are pleased to be able to join the global effort in helping the environment and reducing our plastic footprint. The issues of plastic pollution are incredibly alarming around the globe and, by practicing sustainability, we hope to drive awareness and social change together with our colleagues and guests.”
The ‘Say “No Straw” Please’ campaign is in line with Shangri-La’s key strategies to achieve excellence, to be committed to the environment through corporate social responsibility. The hotel is proud to stand with the state’s mission on ‘Cleaner and Greener Penang’ and can expect to create a cleaner environment that will be beneficial for Penangites and, most of all, the beautiful beach.
Hotel Jen Penang is the first four-star international chain hotel in Penang to announce on the ban of plastic straw.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”. Hotel-level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please visit the group’s CSR section on www.shangri-la.com.