Coming on the heels of Seattle and San Francisco’s city-wide bans on plastic drinking straws, many major companies and tourist destinations have vowed to follow suit. In fact, Disney World, Royal Caribbean, Alaska Airlines, and Sea World have already spoken out against straws.
Most recently, Great Wolf Resorts have joined the fight. The chain of indoor water park resorts has announced that it will replaced plastic straws at all 17 of its indoor water park resorts — including the nearby Grand Mound resort — and replace them with more environmentally friendly paper straws by the end of the year. This change would save more than five million plastic straws from landfills each year.
“Over the past couple of years, we have implemented several programs designed to reduce our environmental impact, ranging from energy-efficient LED lighting, to resort-wide recycling programs and low-flow shower heads,” Great Wolf Resorts CEO Murray Hennessy said in a statement. “We’re excited to further enhance our environmental efforts by removing plastic straws from our resorts.”
In 2007, Great Wolf launched a program it dubbed “Project Green Wolf,” which is focused on integrating energy and resource conservation into the daily operations of the resort.
“As a family resort, we feel it’s imperative that we do our part to ensure that children visiting Great Wolf Lodge today will be able to enjoy the natural wonders reflected in our resort’s outdoor, northwoods theme for years to come,” Hennessy said.
Great Wolf plans to keep a small supply of other straw options for guests who are unable to drink from paper straws.