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Committed to tackling plastic pollution as part of
the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

As members of the Advisory Group for the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, these organisations are contributing to the co-creation of the initiative, developing the menus of commitment that outline the expected contributions from the private sector, destinations, associations and NGO’s in the sector and defining concrete roadmaps for implementation of the Initiative by 2025. 















   

 

ABTA

"Through The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative travel companies will have the opportunity to report on their progress and collaborate with destinations and other industry players at a global level."

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

ABTA has been supporting its Members to tackle plastic as part of a waste management approach for some time, with, for example, the Travelife for Accommodation scheme https://www.abta.com/industry-zone/abta-shop/managing-plastics and our Managing Plastics: Guidance for Travel Companies, https://www.abta.com/industry-zone/abta-shop/managing-plastics

The theme for our annual Make Holidays Greener campaign was ‘Say no to plastic’ in 2018 and ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ in 2019, together resulting in over 2,500 consumer pledges and just under 4,000 tonnes of waste reduced, reused, recycled or removed from the environment.  We also promote waste management in destinations, for example through our Sustainable Tourism Charter in Tunisia. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-tunisia-sustainable-tourism-charter.

https://www.abta.com/

ACCOR

"Accor is commited to joining the UN Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and to removing all single-use plastic items in guest experience from its hotels by the end of 2022. This action by Accor toward reducing environmental impacts and strengthening efforts to combat plastic pollution of the world’s oceans and other natural environments is a significant step forward for the global hospitality industry and for the group, which has been committed to sustainability for many years."

“We are aware of the significant impact we have on our planet and our responsibility to create tangible benefits for our employees, guests, suppliers, partners and host communities. What guides us is the consciousness and social awareness that drives every person who strives to be a good citizen. It’s about being aware, socially conscious and consistent.” - Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor.

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

In addition to our previous commitment to eliminate all plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds, new commitment include:

  • The removal of individual plastic toiletry amenities and cups by the end of 2020.
  • The elimination of all remaining single-use plastic items in guestrooms, meeting areas, restaurants and all leisure activities areas (spas, fitness centers, etc.) by the end of 2022.

With more than 200 million single-use plastic items used every year in all areas, hotels are already reducing significantly their impact. Several have deployed effective solutions by choosing more sustainable alternatives. For instance:

  • 94% of Accor’s hotels have eliminated the use of straws, cotton buds and stirrers. The remaining 6% (mostly in China) will do it by end of March 2020
  • 89% of ibis’ hotels are using dispensers. This means 2087 ibis family hotels have already dropped single use plastic for this equipment. Accor ibis family hotels in Latin America will follow the same initiative this year.
  • Fairmont has used new construction and renovation standards in another example of one of our brands’ efforts. Its hotels incorporate water filtration taps in guest rooms to eliminate bottled water altogether.
  • To go further, our new brand “Greet” was created to answer our guests’ needs, so it is in the brand’s DNA to be plastic free. There is zero disposable plastic at breakfast and reusable dishes are utilized for butter and jam. In addition, there is zero
  • disposable plastic in rooms and other parts of the hotels. Accor plans to open 10 more Greet hotels in Europe this year.

https://group.accor.com/

 

ANVR - Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators

"This is a great first step how the travel sector can collaborate on protecting the beautiful places we depend on. The next step is to take action on reducing plastic pollution with all stakeholders from inside and outside the sector."

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

https://www.anvr.nl/

 

Betterfly Tourism

"Betterfly Tourism guides many tourist organizations (hotels, restaurants, campsites)  and territories in the management of their environmental action plan to reduce impacts in a long term. Plastic is a major concern for our customers because we can find it everywhere : inside their accomodation through plastic packaging or items present in the room (e.g packaging around shower gel, soap, single use amenities) or in the food and drink services (e.g boottles, single portion food) but also as waste impacted their close environment (e.g beaches). Everyone wants to take action to reduce this plastic flow but although individual solutions are applied, there is often a resistance to change the service or the product offered to the customers. In addition, the management of plastic waste in a territory is a project needed to be carried out collectively between private and public players, but also tourists and inhabitants. It is a really complex task. That is why it is essential for Betterfly Tourism to join the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, to be a part of a global iniative that unites all the tourism sector including businesses, governments and other stakeholders in order to have a systemic approach."

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

  • We are already taking actions at two levels : with private players and with local authorities.
  • With hotels, restaurants and other private tourism stakeholders : we draw up a environmental assessment to propose action plan in order to reduce their impacts. In this assessment and action plan we propose a focus on their plastic waste flow and specific actions through a "zero plastic initiative". In parallel, we also host online conferences to present alternatives to plastic products in the hotel industry (for e.g we organized a webconference with the association Zero Waste during the European Week for Waste Reduction entitled "10 actions to reduce plastic waste in my hotel").
  • With local authorities : we support them through" Zero Plastic" workshops that bring together all stakeholders of a tourist destination with a common goal : to reduce the plastic flow related to tourism. In concret terms, through the workshop, all the participants are signing up to collective and individuals actions to reduce plastic waste. The first workshop will take place in april 2020. 

https://www.betterfly-tourism.com/

 

Considerate Group

"Travel can be a force for good, allowing for cultural dialogues, breaking down mental borders and enhancing international communications by opening doors and letting strangers into our ‘homes’. 

It does however, also leave an impact on the environment leaving trails of waste in many pristine environments. We at Considerate have been working tirelessly for the last few years to help reduce single-use plastics in all of the hotels we advise. We have issued and implemented a ban on 5 single-use plastic items for an international hotel group as well as a Caribbean Island and are therefore well aware of the enormous challenges this brings in supply chains, budgets and operational routines. 

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative is a great and much needed enterprise to support businesses in hospitality make the move away from single-use plastics. By bringing all important stakeholders together it boldly aims to help create new opportunities for suppliers and waste companies in delivering the necessary solutions and therefore support to the tourism sector’s efforts to reduce its waste impact."

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

In 2018 we devised a plastic ban on key items for one of our key clients, The Oetker Collection, covering the following products: 

  • Plastic straws 
  • Plastic spoons 
  • Plastic cups 
  • Plastic glass covers or coasters 
  • Plastic wrapping of individual sugar cubes 
  • Plastic Q-tips 
  • Single-use plastic water bottles 

For these purposes, we created: 

  1. an individual action list for each hotel with a roadmap & timeline 
  2. a reporting structure to portray progress 
  3. research material on alternative products. 
  4. Purchasing guidelines for the purchasing team 
  5. Communication tools

http://considerategroup.com/

Hostelling International

"As a non-for-profit organisation, Hostelling International's mission is one of the earliest definitions of sustainable travel and, since our origin in 1932, we are committed to the environment, society and fair profit through travel. In 2010 our network already committed to implementing our HI Sustainability Charter and since 2015, we have included our commitment the SDGs. Later in 2018, our network committed 'to minimise, and if possible, ban, single-use plastics.' With over 33 million overnights per year and over 3,600 hostels in 90 locations, we host young travellers that are extremely committed to a better planet. It is our responsibility as a committed sustainable organisation to do our best in every possible way we can to leave and provide opportunities for the next generation to come."

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

  • In 2010, we developed the HI Sustainability Charter that includes the Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria in Sustainable Organisations and which already stated some criteria around single-use plastic.
  • In 2018, our organisation approved a motion for single-use-plastic and foodprint. “All Members Associations to minimise single-use plastics by the International Conference 2020”.
  • We have since proposed actions and shared guidelines in about how to tackle and replace items at the hostels and established many examples of solutions within our hostels.
  • In 2019, we conducted a survey around “Single-use plastic”. Over 200 hostels identified main single-use items which gave us a better understanding of the priorities and challenges of eliminating single-use plastics.

https://www.hihostels.com/

ITP (International Tourism Partnership)

“ITP is collaborating with UN Environment, UNWTO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation through the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative’s working group, bringing its industry expertise to the discussions to ensure any commitments can truly catalyse further industry-wide action on plastic waste”. Madhu Rajesh, Director, ITP

https://www.tourismpartnership.org/

Iberostar Group

"Iberostar is leading responsible tourism through its actions on moving beyond plastics and towards a circular economy. It is important for the tourism industry to adopt best circular economy practices, and the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative allows for just that. By working with organizations such as the One Planet Network and Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Iberostar supports setting common definitions and standards for a circular economy at least in one waste stream in the tourism sector. The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative is one of the guidelines Iberostar will use in its journey to become single-use plastics free in all of its operations by 2020, waste free by 2025 and carbon neutral by 2030."

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

  • Iberostar has removed single-use plastics from the rooms of all of its hotels currently in operation.
  • In an effort to move towards a circular economy, Iberostar installed water fountains in several of its hotels, saving nearly 7.2 million bottles of water in the process and in addition, invested in three industrial scale composting projects to help close the loop on their circular economy.

https://waveofchange.com/

Monty's Bakehouse - Airline Sustainability Forum

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"By aligning the ASF with the objectives of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, the ASF will be able to significantly raise the profile of their work and in doing so accelerate the pace of change towards a sustainable circular economy for airline cabin waste. In addition, the sponsorship, guidance and support of UNWTO and Ellen Macarthur Foundation will ensure ASF members are held to account and meet agreed targets." 

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

Following a summit hosted by Monty’s Bakehouse, the Airline Sustainability Forum (ASF) was founded in October 2019 to address the current issues facing the Airline industry. The group of 10 cabin waste supply chain stakeholders recognised the environmental impact of passengers generating significant plastic and non-plastic waste onboard. Research has now quantified that passengers flying over 6 hours generate an estimated 1.43KG of paper and plastic waste each, amounting to an approximate 5.7 million tons in 2018 alone.  

The supply chain for airline packaging from material substrate and its sustainability to off-load airline waste, its segregation at airport and onward treatment as incineration, landfill, composting or regeneration is complex.  

The ASF has been established to bring supply chain stakeholders together to research the airline cabin waste supply chain, reduce the amount of single-use plastic and non-plastic packaging substrates used by food, beverage and amenity kits suppliers and ensure these are optimal with respect to sustainable sourcing and off-load recycling and regeneration. Qualified material scientists and environmental experts from Imperial College London with the support of The Grantham Institute For Climate Change and The Environment will be recruited by the ASF for March 2020 and will be responsible for working with stakeholders to map the end to end airline cabin waste supply chain.  

Current members include Qatar Airways, British Airlines, TUI, Iberia, KLM, Monty’s Bakehouse, Rapid Action Packaging, Global-C, London Gatwick Airport and Alpha LSG. The next summit of the ASF will be held in Doha in March 2020 and hosted by Qatar Airways. 

(Monty’s Bakehouse is a leading global supplier of packaged food products to the airline marketplace. From the date of incorporation of our company in 2004, Monty’s Bakehouse has consistently researched, developed and supplied sustainable, biodegradable and recyclable packaging to the airline industry. Our aim now is to bring our industry together and through collaboration establish a sustainable and regenerative circular economy for airline cabin waste). 

https://montysbakehouse.co.uk/

MVO Netherlands

“The tourism industry suffers from the consequences of plastic pollution. It negatively affects attractiveness of tourism destinations and contributes to pollution of soil and water, affects animal, plant and human health, and leads to biodiversity loss. Our sector and holidaymakers contribute to the problem by creating waste at tourism destinations.

We acknowledge the urgency to take action to reduce plastic pollution. We feel that international collaboration is key to increase influence and contribute to a circular economy for plastics. There are already many individual initiatives, but to really make a difference we have to join forces. Therefore we are very happy with the launch of Global Tourism Plastics Initiative. This initiative has the potential to unite all tourism stakeholder around the world to effectively address the problem.” - Saskia Pepping, Tourism Sector Manager at MVO Nederland

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

In September 2019 MVO Nederland  launched the International Tourism Plastic Pledge, which is now signed by over 180 companies from the tourism sector across the world. Within this collaboration we take action to keep our holiday destinations plastic pollution free, so that travellers and local communities can keep on enjoying the unspoiled beauty for many years to come.

The signatories of the pledge exchange knowledge, best practices and tools to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastics and prevent pollution. The activities carried out under the International Tourism Plastic Pledge contribute to the goals set in the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative.

MVO Nederland will actively initiate and support activities which contribute to preventing plastic pollution, with a focus on Dutch companies.

www.tourismplasticpledge.com.

Radisson

"We are immensely pleased to be contributing to the development of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative – further demonstrating our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Business, in line with the targets laid out in our five-year plan. Our group is proud to play a leading role in driving plastic reduction and responsible water stewardship across the travel and tourism industry. Radisson Hotel Group is also running a series of innovative pilot projects in various locations, with the hope of finding new ways to drive plastic reduction globally."

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

More than one million meetings take place at Radisson Hotel Group worldwide each year. To respond to the call of UN Environment to ban plastic pollution at the 2018 World Environment Day, Radisson Hotel Group set up the objective to ban single-use plastics in meetings and events organised in its premises by 2020, and raise awareness among corporate guests and inspire similar initiatives around the world. Radisson Hotel Group plastics strategy covers the following items, i.e.: water bottles, wrappings of branded candy, straws, other food & drink packaging and branded pens.

Solutions to tackle the phase-out of single use plastics involve various teams, including the Sourcing, Branding, Operations and Responsible Business teams. While some alternatives to single-use plastic are sourced at corporate level, most of them need to be procured locally. Brand standards were amended accordingly, and employees trained to source alternative solutions.

In addition, the Sourcing team:

  • Engaged with existing suppliers and challenged them to provide sustainable solutions and alternatives and set incentives for successes achieved;
  • Worked closely with suppliers to set a road map to replace single use plastics with alternatives at a global level and negotiate collection and recycling of packaging as part of the supplier contracting in the Requests for Proposal; 
  • Provided guidance to hotels to proceed with proposed alternatives, for example for the installation of inhouse water filtration systems;
  • Identified new suppliers e.g. for the material for the branded candy wrappers, for in-house bottled water or for pencils;

The Responsible Business team also engaged with guests to raise awareness on the activities around tackling issues of plastic waste, with the #Refusethestraw campaign.

Impacts

  • Changing the brand standards allowed the group to implement the solutions globally. An example of this are branded pens which have been replaced by pencils and the giveaway sweets, which are now wrapped in eco-friendly, wood-based foil branded wrappers.
  • In 2018, 162 Radisson Hotels were equipped with filtered water systems. An in-house bottled glass water bottle (1 Liter) typically saves 82.8 g of CO2. Considering that an average hotel uses 39,000 water bottles in meetings & events, this amounts on average to 3.2 tons of CO2.
  • Even the simple act of encouraging guests to refuse plastic straws has had a major effect. Radisson hotels in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa are already on target to see a drop in plastic straw use of 90%, equivalent to a reduction of 6,5 million in one year.

See the full case study here.

https://www.radissonhotels.com/

Pacific Asia Travel Association - PATA 

"To protect our very reason for being, PATA Sustainability and Social Responsibility (SSR) works with our membership, and strategic partners, to exponentially impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the Asia Pacific travel industry."

We seek to inspire innovation for exponential impacts on the SDGs by:

  1. adding voice to our members’ SDG innovations and achievements
  2. building capacity for our members to measure, analyse and manage data-driven, market-oriented SGD initiatives 
  3. demonstrating, in all PATA business units and operations, that we are passionate, progressive and proactive in achieving SDGs 
  4. managing projects for, by and with our members that achieve exponential impacts on SDGs

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

A major part of PATA SSR strategy to impact SDGs and problematic plastic waste in tourism is Travel Lab Asia. (TLA). TLA is a platform for triple-bottom-line innovation in Asia’s travel industry. In its first year, it focused on helping corporate partners source and integrate CleanTech solutions for improved business performance and environmental impact. Participating corporates have unrivalled access to sustainability-focused technology solutions from around the world.

A second initiative seeks to benefit PATA government/destination and industry/corporate members organisations in understanding more deeply the challenges and opportunities it may be facing along the tourism value chain through Sustainability Needs Analysis workshops. Launched in 2019 the process is helping our region become more sustainable, including eliminating waste plastics, to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Travel Foundation

“It’s clear that in destinations around the world, and particularly where there are fragile ecosystems and poor waste management infrastructures, we need to find a new normal that eliminates throwaway plastics. Through the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative we are creating a supportive network with businesses and communities to close the loop around plastic, for the benefit of residents and tourists alike.”

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

The Travel Foundation has a long track record of successfully working with hotels and other businesses to reduce their single-use plastic (and other waste).

This is currently our focus in CyprusMauritius and Saint Lucia, where we are working at both policy and operational level to remove pointless plastics and take steps towards a carbon neutral and circular tourism economy.

www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk 

http://csti-cyprus.org/  

Travel Without Plastic

"Travel Without Plastic has worked with hotels around the world since 2017 to help them successfully implement changes that eliminate and reduce single-use plastic. Our online Toolkit includes over 100 pages of practical advice and recommendations, training templates for staff, a step by step 3-phase plan to reducing unnecessary single-use plastic products and cost/consumption analysis sheets to monitor and record the impact. On average, hotels can reduce up to 15% of unnecessary single-use plastic almost immediately without having a negative impact upon the guest experience."

https://www.travelwithoutplastic.com/

TUI

"Growing plastic pollution negatively impacts travel and tourism, particularly near the beaches and oceans so important to destinations. TUI is delighted to be contributing to the development of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, recognising the industry’s role to drive change and raise awareness of plastic waste around the world. The sector can make a real difference by working together and sharing best practice."

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

As part of its contribution to the global drive to reduce plastic waste, TUI aims to remove 250 million pieces of single-use plastics by the end of 2020 through concerted efforts across its hotels, cruise ships, airlines, destinations and offices. Initiatives include removing 112 million single-use plastic items from hotels, launching ‘plastic reduction guidelines’ for hotels and TUI Cruise’s ambitious wasteless plastic reduction programme.

TUI’s independent charitable foundation,TUI Care Foundation, is also working on numerous projects to address the challenge of plastic waste for the marine environment.

https://www.tuigroup.com/

WWF

"The plastics crisis can only be solved with the combined efforts of all key players in the system - from business to governments and individuals. Through our No Plastic in Nature initiative, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) advocates, amplifies and accelerates a connected suite of initiatives for change. We are working closely with other key organizations to convey a joint message on ambitious commitment, and to develop the tools needed to achieve these in partnership with companies, governments and civil society. WWF therefore supports the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to raise ambition and scale up action by the tourism sector to end the flow of plastic into nature." - John Duncan, Global Initiative Lead of No Plastic in Nature, WWF.

Actions taken on plastic pollution so far:

Through our No Plastic in Nature initiative, WWF works with businesses, governments and citizens to end the flow of plastic into nature. We have launched ReSource: Plastic, an initiative designed to help companies move from aspiration to meaningful action, and drive lasting systemic change. Our PlasticSmart Cities programme is working with cities around the world for cleaner rivers and oceans. Our Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) project is promoting and enhancing the adoption of EPR schemes, reducing plastic leakage into nature, and helping to deliver a circular economy. On a global level, we are calling on governments to develop a global agreement on plastic pollution to stop plastic waste from entering our oceans.

https://wwf.panda.org/

 

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