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Wyndham Vacation Club to Eliminate Plastic Straws

In yet another sign that consumer pressure is mounting against the use of disposable plastics,…

  • October 8, 2019

In yet another sign that consumer pressure is mounting against the use of disposable plastics, resort operator Wyndham Destinations has announced that its vacation club resorts will eliminate plastic straws and other single-use plastic

The move comes in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day, but it reflects a larger trend in which consumers – particularly younger consumers – are pressuring companies to reduce or eliminate their use of disposable plastics.

To support the company’s environmental sustainability initiatives, Wyndham Destinations’ vacation club resorts plan to remove single-use plastic straws starting Oct. 1, 2019.

The effort will eliminate more than 750,000 single-use plastic straws in North America alone and 1.1 million across the globe. Earlier this year, the company’s Asia Pacific resorts removed disposable straws from 33 managed resorts.

Single-use plastic straws, which are generally only used for about 15 minutes, never fully decompose and are one of the top 10 items found on beach clean-ups globally.

Company Moves to Eliminate Many Plastics by End of 2020

The company also announced it has developed a plan to eliminate plastic cups and lids, Styrofoam to-go boxes, plastic cutlery, and plastic to-go bags across the company’s managed resort locations. This initiative will eliminate more than 4.8 million single-use products by the end of 2020.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the company will host organized cleanup opportunities at many of its resorts in coastal communities around the world for employees and resort guests to help remove plastic and other trash from important waterways.

This year, the company produced its first Social Responsibility Report, including an environmental sustainability policy which affirms Wyndham Destinations’ commitment to reduce the environmental impacts associated with its operations and supply chain.

As a new company, Wyndham Destinations is building on the sustainability efforts undertaken while it was a part of Wyndham Worldwide and is seeking to measurably reduce its energy, emissions, water, and waste footprint.

For example, many of the company’s managed vacation club resorts are enrolled in a national program that includes enhanced education, reporting for recycling, and landfill diversion. This program resulted in an average landfill diversion rate of 32 percent.

Wyndham Destinations vacation clubs feature a flexible points system that allows owners to book stays at more than 220 vacation club resorts around the world. The company operates Club Wyndham, WorldMark by Wyndham, Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham, and Shell Vacations Club for nearly 900,000 owners.

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