Phasing out problematic single-use plastic items
The campaign has now reached over 100,000 people in the Philippines
The campaign aims to reduce the use of single-use plastics in the tourism industry and to improve plastics management by replacing and recycling plastic products.
- Almost 12.7 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year.
- Only 9% of total produced plastic has been recycled, 12% has been incinerated and the remaining 79% has ended up in landfills or in the environment.
- The Caribbean has rich biodiversity and natural wealth resources that contribute significantly to the economy.
- The Caribbean Sea is home to more than 700 islands/coastal countries and is the lifeblood of the region’s tourism, maritime industries and fisheries.
- The Caribbean Sea faces increased threat from land and marine based pollution, particularly pollution from plastics.
- In addition to current waste management issues, ocean currents bring additional plastics.
- Countries face difficulties finding economically feasible solutions for dealing with plastic waste.
- Plastic waste will cause negative effects for marine, ecosystems, ecosystem services, fisheries, transport, recreation, tourism, local societies and economies.
- The tourism industry contributes to 40% of marine plastic waste.
- Large amounts of plastic cause burden on an already strained waste management issue in Caribbean SIDs.
- Tourism land-based excursions, cruise lines among other tourism business rely on single-use plastics in their operations
- Most islands in the Caribbean have issues to cope with the lack of infra-structure for recycling