The Last Straw: Ten Percent Discount Off Eco Hotels 2019 With Orbitz

A growing list of states and municipalities in the United States have been implementing permanent bans on such items as plastic straws and plastic bags — and so have certain lodging companies and individual hotel and resort properties.

The Last Straw: Ten Percent Discount Off Eco Hotels 2019 With Orbitz

As an homage to Earth Day 2019 — which is today, Monday, April 22, 2019 — Orbitz is offering you the opportunity to stay at a hotel or resort property which is ecologically friendly at a discount of ten percent off of the room rate when you use the promotion code GETAWAY. Simply book your reservations here to take advantage of this deal — but do not wait too long, as this offer is valid through Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Finding Eco-Friendly Lodging in the United States

Did you know that an interactive map is maintained through Orbitz to assist you in finding hotel and resort properties across the United States which are friendlier to the environment?

Additionally, a list of states and cities which have either banned — or will ban — plastic straws and plastic bags is also included.

Click here to access the interactive map and list.

So What is the Big Deal About Plastic Straws?

Of the greater than 500 million plastic straws are tossed daily by consumers, many end up in our oceans, break down into smaller and smaller pieces known as microplastics instead of safely biodegrading or dissolving, and thus threaten aquatic wildlife which live in those oceans.

“It is projected that by 2050, 99% of all sea bird species will have ingested plastic. Mortality rate can be ‘up to’ 50%. And, already, research has shown plastic in sea salt, 94% of U.S. tap water, and shellfish”, according to this list of frequently asked questions pertaining to the Strawless Ocean program. “Scientists at the the UGA New Materials Institute conducted a new study which discovered microplastics particles smaller than dust or powdered sugar inside baby sea turtles. Of the turtles studies in this research, 100% were found to have eaten plastic. These baby sea turtles were likely dying due to ingested plastic pollution, which threatens the species’ survival.”

Summary

I really never quite understood why disposable plastic straws were invented in the first place when paper straws sufficed — but I would not be surprised if the answer has to do with saving money for manufacturers. Why create something which will only be used one time out of a material which is designed to last for years and is not biodegradable?

As for plastic bags, they can potentially cause a suffocation threat to anyone who mishandles them. Although they are lightweight and are equipped with useful handles, why not manufacture them out of a biodegradable material which is friendlier to the environment — such as paper?

Although a discount of ten percent is not exactly the deal of the century, it is better than nothing — and seeing travel companies such as Orbitz take a proactive stand towards protecting the environment is good for our planet, in my opinion.

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.


 

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