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Single-Use Plastic - Is the Tourism Industry doing enough?

London - November 2018

Panel members discuss whether or not the tourism industry is doing enough about single-use plastic with insights from Thomas Cook, The Seychelles, Trucost and Incredible Oceans

As single-use plastic remains high on the agendas of so many businesses,  a range of panellists discussed whether or not the industry is doing enough and taking responsibility for the plastic waste it creates.  

The panel discussion was framed by Soren Stoeber of Trucost, part of SP Global, who have undertaken research into the environmental impact of the alternatives to plastic in a range of consumer goods applications.  It is important to understand that not all alternatives are as green as they seem and that any business considering phasing out or eliminating single-use plastic should be informed when taking their decisions.

Victoria Barlow of the Thomas Cook Group outlined their #noplaceforplastic campaign, with a target of eliminating 70 million items of single-use plastics from across a variety of business segments, including offices, airlines and hotels.    TWP undertook a pilot project with 15 Thomas Cook hotels in 2018 and is looking forward to a continued relationship in 2019 and to counting their achievements towards the TWP goal of eliminating 1 billion items of plastic from waste-streams by the end of 2020.

The audience heard about the devastating impact of single-use plastics upon marine environments from Ian Rowlands of Incredible Oceans, and how individuals and businesses can and MUST make significant changes today ​to keep our oceans special.

Sherin Francis of The Seychelles Tourism Board outlined the steps being taken locally to reduce single-use plastics in a destination that clearly relies upon the integrity of the natural environment for its success and TWP Founder Jo Hendrickx outlined how their Let's Reduce Single-Use Toolkit can help hotels to understand where and how they can make practical and affordable changes, and how to navigate the challenges around the implementation of alternatives. 

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