The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) officially announced a Global Tourism Plastics Initiative last week. The initiative aims to fight plastic pollution and coordinates actions of tourism businesses in achieving this goal.
The initiative asks tourism companies and destinations to make several commitments and to take some actions by 2025. For example, it asks organizations to eliminate all unnecessary plastic, to stop using single-use objects, to move towards reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging, to invest in recycling, and to report annually about their progress towards the main goal (fighting plastic pollution).
Any business can sign the documents of the Initiatives and to become a part of the project that gives a unique opportunity for companies and destinations to unite and to help the environment.
And the environment seems to need our help. As UN reports, 300 million tons of plastic waste are generated every year. It influences landscapes and living organisms (including humans) around the world. Waters can suffer the most. According to the oneplanetnetwork.org, about 80% of all tourism is taking place in coastal areas, so, “travellers’ plastic” can easily be found in oceans and waterways.
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