Published on : Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Chiyoda Ward to switch to biodegradable cedar wooden straws in place of the plastic straws. The hotel will bear the costs of the eco-friendly initiative as each costs 10 times more than the plastic ones. The hotel nearly uses 80,000 plastic straws annually.
Takahiro Sueyoshi, general manager of the hotel considers it a sustainable environmental conservation activity. The disposable utensils are 21 centimeters long and 4 millimeters in diameter and feature wood-grain lines on the surface. Wood shavings about 0.15 mm thick are wound in a spiral to form a cylinder.
The straws will be introduced as a pilot program from January, 2019.
Cedar lacks strong smell, and will not affect the flavor of a beverage.
The straws is the brainchild of environmental journalist Yuri Takeda, will be used in the hotel’s restaurant ‘ORIGAMI’ from Jan. 16.
The straws were developed with home builder Aqurahome Co. Aqurahome is based in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward.
Major companies including coffee chain Starbucks Corp. and Walt Disney Co. are stepping up efforts to say goodbye to plastic straws in order to protect the marine environment.