Where there's a will, there's a way! This is one general, but powerful statement. After helping cruise lines reduce their consumption of single-use plastic onboard their ships, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators proves that all it takes is a little effort from everyone in order to make things move. As a matter of fact, after surveying its members in 2018, the results show that almost all respondents have taken actions to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic.
Additionally, the survey indicates that members of the association are involved in beach clean ups. 80% of the respondents declared having participated in at least one clean up in the Svalbard region. In addition to this, more clean ups of a similar nature were organized by the association’s members in Greenland and Canada. Not only are these kinds of clean-ups critical to the well-being of our planet, but they are also a great social activity that staff, crew members and travellers are encouraged to join.
In alignment with the association’s mission to educate cruise lines on how to reduce their consumption of single use plastic, AECO released guidelines early last year to help passengers limit their single-use waste while travelling in the Arctic. These guidelines encompass actions to be taken before, during and after the guest’s visit to the Arctic and have been well received by passengers. Indeed, more than two-thirds of the respondents declared having used the guidelines.
Here's hoping that this new decade brings forward more of these critical environmental initiatives!