The world of travel has long begun its battle for the reduction of plastic and the cruise companies are showing particular attention in the battle against environmental pollution.
Carnival Corporation has announced that it will significantly eliminate the purchase and consumption of non-essential disposable plastic by the end of 2021. The effort to drastically reduce disposable plastic through the Group’s nine international cruise brands is part of Operation Oceans Alive, the company’s environmental sustainability program which aims to protect the seas, oceans and destinations in which the group operates.
Carnival Corporation is already planning to reduce or eliminate plastic straws, cups, lids and bags, among other disposable items. The companies are also working to eliminate individual portions of food with plastic packaging and other decorative items used to serve food and drinks, or accessories in the cabin.
And all this by offering cruise passengers valid eco-friendly alternatives, to guarantee the same standards of comfort and a more green experience.
Within the strict company health, environment, safety and security policy, and to comply with national and international regulations governing cruise ship operations, there are some disposable plastic items that cannot be completely eliminated, including which the plastic covers in the common areas and the sanitary gloves.
“To be a responsible organization, as our guests expect of us, we must continue to take proactive sustainability measures and do it with all our nine companies,” said Bill Burke, Carnival Corporation’s Chief Marine Officer, “Our Platform Operation Oceans Alive and this initiative to reduce disposable plastics in the fleet are just some of the ways we strive to improve. We know that our guests share our commitment to protect the world in which we live .”
The Group’s brands are Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, Aida Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.