In response to the global issue of plastic waste, TUI has integrating single-use plastic reduction as part of its Circular Economy approach into its sustainability strategy.
TUI Group has set the target in 2018 to remove 250 million pieces of single-use plastic waste by 2020. Through the joint efforts across our hotels, cruise ships, airlines, destinations and offices, TUI removed 257 million pieces of single-use plastics. Some examples: 197 million pieces of single-use plastics removed from hotel operations, for examples plastic cups, straws and bottles.
In order to give our hoteliers useful information, TUI has conducted and supported various digital and face-to-face workshops on plastic reduction.For instance, a Plastic Reduction Workshop was held in October 2019 in cooperation with Travel without Plastic. More than 30 participants from TUI Group’s hotel brands TUI BLUE, ROBINSON and TUI MAGIC LIFE participated in that workshop. Its main focus was to provide best practices and examples how to further reduce single use plastic items in TUI hotel operations.
Across TUI’s cruise operations, 31 million pieces of single-use plastic items were removed, largely driven by TUI Cruise’s ambitious WASTELESS programme. This programme has the aim to eliminate all unnecessary plastic products.
Role in programme(s):
In the framework of the Global Plastics Tourism Initiative, TUI Group commits to:
- Reducing and eliminating problematic and unnecessary plastic packaging and/or items where possible by 2025.
- Removing problematic and unnecessary plastic items (e.g. amenities, laundry bags, rubbish bags) from cabins and bathrooms of TUI Cruises Mein Schiff fleet by 2025.
- Offering shore excursions with TUI Cruises Mein Schiff fleet that do without unnecessary and problematic plastic items by 2025.
- Eliminating from TUI’s hotel brand ROBINSON’s rooms / bathrooms problematic and unnecessary plastic packaging and/or items by 2025.
- Substituting unnecessary and problematic plastic items and packaging with reusable alternatives where possible by 2025.
- Eliminating 99% of unnecessary Single Use Plastic across TUI Airline’s onboard service equipment i.e Cups, Cutlery Packs and Containers. Where Single Use Plastic cannot be eliminated across our onboard commodities, TUI Airline commits to introducing sustainable alternatives by 2025.
- Introducing reusable solutions in TUI’s hotel brand ROBINSON’s rooms / bathrooms to replace unnecessary and problematic plastic items and / or packaging by 2025.
- Engaging the value chain to provide data on recyclability and compostability of plastic packaging to facilitate the move towards 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025, by establishing procurement criteria on reusability, recyclability, and compostability and a 2025 target on % of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
- Taking action to increase the amount of recycled content across all plastic packaging and items used by 2025, by establishing a target of % of recycled content in packaging and items by 2025.
- Collaborating with others and investing in the collection and segregation of recyclable and organic materials in their facilities to help increase recycling and composting rates in practice by providing proper training and means for staff to sort solid waste (especially plastic waste), according to local regulations, sustainability standards, and/or technical guidance from waste management service provider and by investing resources ($, time, personnel) to promote innovation that results in increased recycling rates, either through actions at own operation or elsewhere in the process.