arnival Cruises has joined a growing number of travel companies that are working to reduce the use of plastics. Carnival Cruise Line has officially announced that it will significantly eliminate its purchase and use of non-essential plastics by the end of 2021, reports Travel Pulse.

This attempt to drastically reduce single-use plastics across Carnival Cruise’s nine global brands is part of the expansion of Operation Oceans Alive. The organisation wants to further its ongoing commitment to achieve and sustain environmental compliance.

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Carnival Cruise Line’s sustainability agenda

Various initiatives have already been implemented by the organisation. These initiatives are aimed at reducing and eliminating plastic straws; cups; lids; and bags, among other single-use items. The global brand is also working to get rid of individual servings of select packaged food items and other single-use plastics. Further, decorative items used in food and beverage service as well as in staterooms will be kept in check.

The steady rise in the amount of plastic found in oceans has caused severe damage to marine life.

Official statement released by Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise’s official statement read, “As part of the company’s stringent Health, Environment, Safety and Security (HESS) Policy and to comply with national and international regulations governing cruise ship operations, there are some single-use plastic items that cannot be completely eliminated; including plastic trash can liners in common areas and sanitary gloves, among others.”

Bill Burke, Carnival’s chief maritime officer added,

“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”.

Burke also discussed how the guests on Carnival cruises also share the company’s commitment to protecting the environment.

The inception of Operation Oceans Alive

Operation Oceans Alive was initially launched in January 2018. It was designed to promote a culture of transparency, learning, and commitment across the company’s global operations. More importantly, it was also a call to action; this will furthermore ensure that all employees were educated and made aware of the measures that need to be taken to protect the oceans and seas.

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