Hurtigruten wages war on plastic

As one the first major companies, Hurtigruten bans all unnecessary single-use plastic. Already by 2 July 2018, everything from plastic straws and cups, coffee lids and plastic bags will be removed from all Hurtigruten ships. The goal is to become the world’s first plastic free shipping company.

young explorers hurtigruten foto orjan bertelsen hgr 112199Hurtigruten is the world leader in exploration travel, and the world’s biggest expedition cruise line. Our message is crystal-clear: All unnecessary single-use plastic will be removed company-wide by July 2nd.

This means that plastic straws are replaced by metal straws, stir pins will no longer be used – the same with plastic glasses wrapped in plastic, plastic cutlery, plastic bags, plastic lids on coffee cups, plastic toothpicks, plastic aprons, single-use packaging of butter and all other single-use plastic items that Hurtigruten’s 400,000 guests and 2,500 employees encounter on a day to day basis.

Hurtigruten’s single use plastics ban will be effective across its entire fleet of custom build expedition vessels – both operating on the legendary Norwegian Coastal Route, as well as expedition cruises from pole to pole.

The single-use plastic ban will also be imposed on the hotels, restaurants and other establishments of Hurtigruten’s land based operations on Svalbard, operated by its fully owned subsidiary Hurtigruten Svalbard.

In addition to the internal plastic ban, Hurtigruten challenges all its suppliers to reduce and cut the use of plastic.

Examples of Hurtigruten’s plastic ban:

Straws in bars and restaurants
Annual consumption: 960.000 pieces
Weight: appx. 2.800 kg (6200 lbs)
Plastic cups
Annual consumption: 390.000 pieces
Weight: appx. 5000 kg (11.000 lbs)
Single-use packages of butter
Annual consumption: 826.000 pieces
Weight: appx. 826 kg (1.800 lbs)
Plastic aprons
Weight: 4.300 kg (9.500 lbs)

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