If you’re one who counts straws to keep track of how many drinks you’ve had at the club, it’s time to find a new system.
The Las Vegas-based hospitality company announced its plan to dump plastic straws immediately in June, with a marketing campaign fronted by resident headliner Calvin Harris.
“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,” Harris explained in the announcement. “We want to reduce the impact of harmful plastics, so we decided to take action.”
Harris added that he hoped Hakkasan’s move would inspire other nightlife venues to follow suit.
The effort to eliminate plastic straws has picked up steam of late, with New York City among those mulling a proposal to phase out straws and stirrers by 2020. In May, Alaska Airlines announced it would no longer use plastic straws on its flights.
In Las Vegas nightclubs, plastic straws are commonplace—two per cocktail, in most cases, with a plastic pick to hold a fruit garnish. When the drink is finished, it’s replaced with a new glass, new straws, and a new pick.
“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,” says Hakkasan Group CEO Nick McCabe. “We’re incredibly proud to partner with Calvin on this initiative to reduce our consumption of single use plastics.”
Hakkasan operates three of Las Vegas’ largest nightclubs: Jewel at Aria, Omnia at Caesars Palace, and its namesake club at MGM Grand. It is also in the midst of global expansion, with recently opened Omnia dayclubs in Los Cabos, Mexico and Bali, Indonesia.