Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. says it will begin efforts to reduce its environmental footprint through the removal of single-use plastic straws across its fleet of twenty-six ships and its two island destinations Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye. Through this new mandate, the cruise line predicts it will eliminate more than 50 million plastic straws each year.
As a new member of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance, NCLH is joining a growing number of international companies working to prevent plastic waste from entering the ocean. Through this transition away from single-use plastics across its fleet and island resorts, Norwegian is hoping to increase sustainable sourcing, relieve world-wide landfills, and help reduce carbon emissions.
CEO Frank Del Rio backed the new mandate by saying that “eliminating single-use plastic straws across our global fleet and island destinations builds on our global environmental program ‘Sail & Sustain’ and further reduces our environmental footprint. As a member of the Trash Free Seas Alliance, we are committed to doing our part to protect the world’s oceans for future generations to enjoy.”
Plastic straws remain a small fraction of the plastics polluting the world's oceans but can pose a real threat to wildlife throughout the globe. The move has been widely praised by ocean conservationists.
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