Carnival Corporation which owns nine cruise brands has announced it will significantly reduce single-use plastics by the end of 2021.
Carnival-Owned Brands to Reduce Plastic Usage
Carnival Corp has announced a huge step forward in reducing single-use plastics across all of its nine brands by the end of 2021. The company plans to eliminate the purchase and consumption of non-essential plastics and programs have already been launched to make this happen.
Bill Burke, chief maritime officer for Carnival Corporation, said:
“We recognize that to be a responsible global organization, a good corporate citizen and the environmental leader our guests expect us to be, we need to continue to take proactive measures to ensure sustainability is ingrained in all aspects of our operation across our nine global cruise brands.”
“Our Operation Oceans Alive platform and this initiative to dramatically reduce single-use plastics across our global fleet are just some of the ways we are committed to continuously enhancing our operations and focus on environmental compliance and excellence. Along with the support of our more than 120,000 dedicated employees, most of whom live and work at sea, we will do our part to preserve and protect the oceans, seas and destinations we visit around the world.”
As part of Carnival’s “Operation Ocean Alive” which was launched in January 2018 all cruise lines are reducing or eliminating plastic straws, cups, bags, lids and many more. They are also working hard at reducing plastic items for staterooms and dining such as packaged food and decorative items.
The culture is also changing with enhanced procedures and awareness to make sure as much as possible is being done to implement the impact on the environment when it comes to reducing plastics.
Carnival is making a long term commitment on protecting the oceans it operates on and even upcoming mega-ships will be powered on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) instead of the much less friendly fuel technologies.
This comes after Carnival Cruise Line announced its specific environmental plans moving forward across its fleet in early June, you can read about it here.
The Carnival Corporation operated nine brands including Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard. Together they operate 104 ships with 243,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 19 new ships scheduled to be delivered through 2025.