Hurtigruten has been focused on reducing plastic pollution for years. Each day, 15 metric tons of plastic waste ends up in the oceans. If the trend continues, this number will double in the next 10 years. This means that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
Hurtigruten is on its way to becoming the world’s first plastic-free travel company. And Hurtigruten was the first major travel company to remove single-use plastic from all our ships, restaurants, and hotels. Plastic straws have been removed or replaced; we no longer use stir pins, and the same with plastic cups wrapped in plastic, plastic cutlery, plastic bags, plastic lids on coffee cups, plastic toothpicks, plastic aprons, single-use packaging of butter and all other single-use plastic items that Hurtigruten’s 500,000 guests and 2,500 employees encounter on a day-to-day basis.
We have removed or replaced plastic packaging with environmentally friendly alternatives made of paper, metal or other biodegradable and sustainable materials. And most importantly, this means a huge cut in single-use items altogether.
But the solution to the plastic crisis depends on more than just one company. At Hurtigruten, we actively spread our experiences from our plastic reduction program and engage our guests, allies, competitors, local communities, authorities and anyone else who wants to join in the fight. We have also implemented stricter sustainability demands on our suppliers, challenging them to reduce or stop their use of single-use plastic.