According to Greenpeace, we now have an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads, ending up in our oceans every year.
This is having a devastating effect on the creatures who live there, with pieces of plastic choking and entangling turtles and seabirds & tiny pieces are clogging the stomachs of creatures who mistake it for food.
On the back of this MSC become the latest company to promise to eliminate single-use plastics on board their ships. 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.
Their executive chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, 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.”
Earlier this year, the combined forces of Royal Carribean, Azamara & Celebrity pledged to investigate how they could reduce the number of plastics used in the daily operations of their combined 38 ships and ultimately eliminate all single-use plastic.
Additionally, Norwegian Cruise Line has joined Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance. Their focus is on the measurable reduction of ocean trash.
The next time you are on a cruise do not take a straw & a stirrer for every drink, use a refillable bottle at the water fountain, do not leave any rubbish on the beach and maybe then we can do something to protect our beautiful planet.
We are all responsible for this terrible situation, especially the manufacturers who insist on using way too much packaging.
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