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Hurtigruten aims for plastics world-first

The Norwegian specialist says it wants to be the world’s first plastic-free cruise company, and it’s not as easy as it seems.

Hurtigruten says it wants to become the world’s first plastic-free cruise company, revealing plans to ban all “unnecessary” single-use plastics across its fleet, which it says it can achieve by July 2.

This includes getting rid of all plastic straws and glasses, drink mixers, coffee lids and plastic bags.

“At Hurtigruten, we have focused on the problem with plastic pollution for years. There is a lot of talk about the impact plastic has on our oceans. But it’s time to take action,” the Norwegian specialist’s chief executive Daniel Skjeldam said.

“By getting rid of single-use plastic on board all ships already by this summer, we will hopefully get others to follow. It is possible to act now, and the oceans do not deserve more hesitation.”

Metal straws
The cruise firm is investing in metal straws to replace the plastic ones, while glasses wrapped in plastic, plastic cutlery, bags, lids on coffee cups, toothpicks and aprons will all be removed, along with any single-use packaging for butter.

The ban will be effective across the company’s fleet of vessels and will also apply to hotels, restaurants and other establishments of Hurtigruten’s land-based operations on Svalbard.

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