Add Marriott International to the growing list of companies vowing to ditch plastic straws and drink stirrers.
The Bethseda, Maryland-based hotel chain announced Wednesday that it plans to remove about 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers from its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by 2019.
The company said it will take a year to use up the remaining supplies of straws and stirrers while it looks for other substitutes. Some Marriott hotels including those in Costa Rica, Hawaii and Australia have already begun the process.
The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Florida was consuming 65,000 straws each month before it stopped...