MSC has just announced another new chapter in its environmental stewardship programme by committing to eliminating single-use plastics.
This would be from its entire fleet globally whilst introducing sustainable alternatives if available.
By the end of March 2019, under its Plastics Reduction Programme, MSC will effectively phase out an extensive number of plastic items from all its ship operations and ashore to replace them with environmentally-friendly solutions.
As a first step, action has already been taken to replace all plastic straws with 100% compostable and biodegradable substitutes by the end of 2018.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, said: “At MSC Cruises, it is our mission to provide guests with the best holiday experiences at sea and we are fully committed to doing so in a sustainable way.
The imminent elimination of single-use plastic items from across our entire fleet globally is an additional step that we are taking in that direction.
More importantly, under our global environmental stewardship programme, it represents yet another step in our overall commitment to conserve and protect our planet’s most precious resource: the seas and the oceans.”
The entire MSC fleet is equipped with state-of-the-art recycling facilities and efficient waste management systems.
The line is also in the process of eliminating virtually all single-use plastics from its fleet and shore side operations.
By March 2019, all single-use plastic shopping bags, spoons, glasses, stirrers, and other single-use plastic items for which substitution is available will be permanently phased out and replaced by environmentally-friendly alternatives.
Drinks will no longer automatically be served with a straw and guests who require a straw will still be able to choose from a variety of environmentally-friendly options.
Mr Vago concluded: “At MSC Cruises we are now exploring working with a leading global certification company to assure any remaining plastic items, for which there currently are no viable substitutes yet, are effectively recycled.
This will ensure end-to-end – no matter where our ships are deployed – that these remaining items from across all our ship operations not only do not have an impact on the sea, but also on land for the benefit of the populations that we touch with our operations globally.”
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