Single Use Plastics

World’s Largest Cruise Line Promises to Cut Single-Use Plastics

Posted: February 11, 2018

One of the world’s biggest cruise lines, Royal Caribbean International, has promised to cut single-use plastic on its cruises.

Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging.

This is a truly remarkable advance forward by a noteworthy industry player, but this will be a huge challenge.

In any case, regardless, the news is amazing.

According to the Telegraph UK, the move follows Royal Caribbean International’s President and CEO, Michael Bayley, collaborating with sister brand Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises to find out once and for all how the cruise companies could do their part in reducing plastic.

“We manage our waste very well but we have an exciting opportunity to play our part in the overall reduction of plastic, which, it’s becoming clear for all to see, has such a negative impact on our oceans.”

“There are three elements to this – we want to eliminate single-use, disposable plastic, such as straws and drinks bottles and reduce the amount of plastic in [the operations side of] the business – chairs, bags, staff belts and shoes for example.

Bayley was exceptionally candid about the test ahead, taking note of the upgrade won’t occur overnight.

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