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Merlin Phases Out Plastic Straws

Plastic straws will be removed from Merlin attractions

Merlin Entertainments has announced that that it will phase out the use of plastic straws within all of its attractions worldwide by the end of the year. Merlin has been reviewing single-use plastic as part of efforts to reduce unnecessary packaging and environmentally harmful consumables from its retail stores and food and beverage outlets.

Chessington World of Adventures Resort in the UK was one of the first Merlin attractions to remove plastic straws completely from its park and hotels in time for the start of its 2018 peak season and from the 1st November this year, all plastic straws and plastic bags across Merlin’s attractions in Australia and New Zealand have been eliminated.

In addition, Merlin already has implemented several initiatives to remove plastics throughout the business, including the removal of plastic water bottles from company offices and providing opportunities for staff and guests to become involved in closing the recycling “Loop” at our attractions, spearheaded by SEA LIFE Brighton project.

Nick Varney, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re committed at Merlin to reduce our impact on the environment wherever we operate. Like many of our guests, we are concerned about the negative environmental impact associated with the disposal of plastic straws and we have an even deeper reason for taking action across our business given our SEA LIFE teams champion these issues on a daily basis. It is something we can act on immediately as we continue to assess how we minimise the use of plastics within our business.”

Andy Bool, Head of SEA LIFE TRUST, said: “We regularly see the direct impact plastic has on marine life through our own Seal Sanctuary and our wider marine conservation work across the world, so it is excellent to see Merlin taking positive steps towards eliminating unnecessary single use plastic like straws from its business and we welcome their commitment to doing so.”

November 2018

Single use plastics
Merlin Entertainment