Re­sort joins ‘No Straw Novem­ber’ ef­fort

The Palm Beach Post - - BUSINESS - — JEN­NIFER SOREN­TRUE

The Palm Beach Mar­riott Singer Is­land Beach Re­sort & Spa will no longer use plas­tic straws at its ocean bar as part of a new cam­paign to keep them from be­ing left on the beach or dropped in the wa­ter.

Gen­eral Man­ager Roger Ami­don said the re­sort has joined the “No Straw Novem­ber” move­ment, elim­i­nat­ing the use of plas­tic straws on its beach and at its reef bar. The re­sort is in the process of switch­ing to pa­per straws in its other bars and restau­rants, Ami­don said.

The changes are ex­pected to be per­ma­nent.

Ami­don said he de­cided to make the switch af­ter a re­cent trip to the Log­ger­head Marinelife Cen­ter in Juno Beach, where he met Shelby O’Neil, founder of Jr Ocean Guardians and the No Straw Novem­ber move­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to O’Neil’s group, 500 mil­lion plas­tic straws are used and dis­carded ev­ery day in the United States. Those straws can make their way into lo­cal wa­ter­ways, harm­ing ma­rine life who mis­take them as food.

THOMAS CORDY / THE PALM BEACH POST

The Palm Beach Mar­riott Singer Is­land Beach Re­sort & Spa has stopped us­ing plas­tic straws at its ocean bar and will switch to pa­per straws in its other bars and restau­rants.

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