Banning plastic straws at hotel Metropole


Over 10 years ago, the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo adopted the “Green Attitude” towards sustainable development to reduce its impact on the planet and preserve biodiversity: selective sorting, recycling, savings in water and energy, fauna and flora protection, green purchasing, environmental certifications, a “green committee”, humanitarian actions… Many activities in the interest of ecology have been undertaken.

There remained a sizable subject that needed to be addressed: plastic straws


The daily average plastic straw consumption was 400 in 2017.
From the banishment in June to September 2018, an average of 104 “biodegradable” straws per day were used, thus a reduction of 73,5 %.


Deeply committed to the protection of the planet, the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo thus owed it to itself to set an example and became in June 2018 the first 5 star hotel in the Principality of Monaco to ban plastic straws from all 7 food and beverage outlets, inspired by Joël Robuchon.

For clients still wanting to use them, a qualitative alternative has been provided: straws made of corn starch, 100% biodegradable and serve one biodegradable straw per cocktail instead of two.

The staff members are all very implicated and involved in this drastic decision and agreed to participate in an institutional footage that was shared in all our social medias.


  • Organisation: Hôtel Metropole
  • City: Monte Carlo
  • Type of provider: Hotel
  • Circular principle: Design out waste and pollution
  • Focus: Refuse
  • Keywords: #plastic #biodegradable