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TWP has also been working with Thomas Cook to reduce plastic waste at its own-brand hotels.

 

Cook announced its own plastics pledge on Monday (November 5), acknowledging the 40% annual increase in plastic waste dumped in the Mediterranean every summer was likely a direct consequence of the travel sector.


Cook has pledged to reduce 70 million items of single-use plastics from its operations over the next 12 months, although environmental manager Victoria Barlow warned delegates plastics remained vital to some of its divisions, such as its airlines, due to its weight and food preservation qualities. The operator is also piloting sustainable alternatives to plastics in Rhodes.


Perhaps though the most striking approach to plastic reduction was detailed by Sherin Francis, chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board.


The island nation is home to around 100,000 people, with around two members of every household employed in tourism - an industry built around the Seychelles’ outstanding natural beauty.


Every year though, said Francis, around eight million single-use plastic items were being dumped in the sea. The government announced a blanket ban on single-use plastics in January 2017 and gave the sector six months to respond.


“There was a natural transition,” said Francis. “None of the businesses that said they would go out of business did. Today, it’s business as usual.


“The tourism industry [here] is built on the environment, it is the cornerstone of the industry. When it’s your livelihood, you don’t have a choice [but to protect it].”

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