Hakkasan Group and its resident DJ Calvin Harris are partnering in an initiative to eliminate all single-use plastic straws from its nightclubs.
“My friend and tour photographer Conor McDonnell has been working closely with the World Wildlife Fund and has been sharing his first-hand experience of the damage plastic waste is doing to the environment,” said Harris. “We want to reduce the impact of harmful plastics, so we decided to take action. I am grateful to Hakkasan Group for supporting us and helping us make a difference, I hope other venues in the city and around the world will do the same.”
Research indicates that 500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone. Throughout the year, 175 billion single-use plastic straws find their way into the environment, filing up landfills and littering waterways and oceans.
Many Fortune 500 companies are also joining the initiative to eliminate plastic straws. While single-used plastic straws constitute just a small percentage of the plastic that ends up in the world’s waterways, small actions can make a big difference.
“In the fast-paced environment in which we operate, it’s easy to lose sight of wider social issues on which we have an impact,” said Hakkasan Group CEO Nick McCabe. “We’re incredibly proud to partner with Calvin on this initiative to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics.”
The hospitality company, which also encompasses restaurants in addition to night- and day-clubs like Wet Republic, Omnia and Jewel, will begin phasing out plastic straws immediately.
The Grammy-winning Harris, who boasts more than 20.6 billion audio and video streams in his career history thanks to hits with Rihanna, Dua Lipa, Pharrell Williams and Katy Perry, among many others, first signed on to an exclusive partnership with Hakkasan in 2013. It has since been extended to 2020.