Norwegian Cruise Line is throwing plastic water bottles out of its fleet to protect the environment
- The third largest cruise company in the world says it will be plastic-free by 2021
- Norwegian believe that this will reduce five million plastic bottles per year
- Instead, it uses boxes of paper water with sugar cane caps
- The tourism sector is under great attention because of the fear of climate change
One of & # 39; the world's largest cruise lines is to throw plastic water bottles out of its fleet and use paper boxes to protect the environment.
Norwegian Cruise Line will replace the five million single-use plastic bottles it comes through every year with a paper alternative by 2021.
The boxes, from Just Water, are almost entirely made of paper with a sugar cane cap.
It only comes a few days after Greta Thunberg & # 39; s passionate speech to the UN and consumers has now taken away their concerns about climate change.
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Norwegian Cruise Line says it will not allow plastic bottles on its ships from 2021 (photo: The Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway cruise ship will enter the port of Portland in Dorset in April 2018 – the longest and heaviest ship ever docked in Portland)
"We have set a goal to eliminate single-use plastic in the fleet, which is a significant undertaking," said Andy Stuart, CEO of Norwegian The New York Times.
& # 39; The Just Water container goes as far as technology allows today to eliminate anything that is not renewable or recyclable in a container that stores water. & # 39; He added.
The travel industry in particular is a major concern for tourists, with so-called flight shaming now in full supply and an expectation from those who can afford to offset their carbon footprint.
Plastic bottles are being replaced by Just Water cardboard boxes that use sugar cane caps
Prince Harry even threw his hat in the ring with his new Travalyst scheme, inspired by the words & # 39; travel & # 39; and & # 39; catalyst & # 39 ;, he hopes it can cause a change in the tourism industry.
The program, in collaboration with Booking.com, Visa, Ctrip, Skyscanner and TripAdvisor, aims to make & # 39; travel more sustainable & # 39; and to enable vacationers to make more environmentally-friendly choices while traveling & # 39 ;.
The Duke of Sussex is not the only one who wants to see better options for consumers and public institutions are also working on a change in the industry.
The World Travel & Tourism Council, representing airports, airlines, hotels and cruise companies around the world, announced yesterday during its New York Climate Summit a goal for climate neutrality by 2050.
The group is also working with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to address the problem.
Gloria Guevara, CEO of the WTTC, told The New York Times about their plans to make a turtle logo to help consumers choose travel products.
She said consumers were confused because there are so many certifications, such as the Rainforest Alliance or EarthCheck quality marks.
But as the trend towards sustainability grows, many will wonder if promises from companies like Norwegian Cruise Line are real or are part of a public relations offensive.
In June, Princess Cruise Lines was fined $ 20 million for environmental violations, including dumping plastic in the sea.
It was already forced to pay $ 40 million for intentional pollution.
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