Eight million tons of plastic reaches the oceans each year (80% of marine pollution worldwide), according to Greenpeace. In the Mediterranean, 96% of the marine garbage that floats on the surface and 72% of what accumulates on the beaches are plastics, and among these residues, one of the most abundant are the straws.
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The Royal Caribbean company will eliminate plastic drinking straws by the end of 2018 on all ships in its fleet. A total of 50 boats will become “free of plastic straws” in 2019.
Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, TUI Cruises, and Pullmantur Cruises are eliminating these drinking straws by following the plastics removal programs that are underway in each of the brands. For more than a year now, RCL ships have begun to implement a policy of “plastic straws upon request”. That program will go one step further when, before the start of 2019, each time passengers ask for a straw for drinks, they receive one paper instead of a plastic one. Passengers will also begin to find on board FSC certified wood removal sticks (Forrest Stewardship Council) and decorative cocktail sticks and snacks made of bamboo as part of RCL’s plastic reduction strategy.
“The health of the oceans is vital to the success of our company,” said Richard Fain, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “For over 25 years, our environmental program Save the Waves has led us to reduce, reuse and recycle everything we can. Eliminating single-use plastics is another step in that program. ”
After straws, coffee removers and decorative chopsticks, the company’s next efforts will focus on other single-use plastics such as condiment envelopes, cups and bags. A complete audit of plastics is underway with a comprehensive plan that will be completed in different phases before 2020.
Since 1992, the RCL Save the Waves program has been responsible for implementing the best sustainability practices on the company’s ships. The program introduced the most modern recycling centers aboard ships (equipped with crushers, balers and compactors to treat glass, light bulbs, cans and aluminum). The objective is “zero landfill waste”, which means that all waste will be reused, recycled or incinerated.
In fact, over the last ten years, RCL has reduced the average residue to less than 230 grams per passenger per day (which is less than one-eighth of the US average).
Source: Sector Maritimo