Brittany Ferries eliminates 5.7 million plastic items
Brittany Ferries, which operates from Portsmouth, is driving to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of single-use plastics onboard its fleet of ferries throughout Europe, by purging almost 5.7 million items of plastic per year.
The company has been removing single-use plastic items from its onboard restaurants and cabins, including cutlery, cups, lids, stirrers and straws. It has also been replacing disposable shower gel sachets with dispensers and eliminating plastic bags in dustbins.
Over the last 18 months the company has been ridding its onboard restaurants and cabins of single-use plastic items, including cutlery, cups, lids, stirrers and straws. Altogether 5,664,400 items of plastic have been eliminated a year, including over two million cups.
Disposable shower gel sachets have been replaced with dispensers filled with eco-friendly gels and plastic bags in dustbins have been removed.
The firm will launch its first LNG-powered ship, Honfleur, in 2020, plus two more vessels in 2021 and 2022.
The firm’s CEO, Christophe Mathieu said: "The sea is our home, so of course we’re deeply aware not only of its beauty, but also its fragility. By tackling single-use plastics we are determined to take responsibility and make a significant contribution to collective efforts to protect the seas upon which we sail. I’m delighted to see this project already bearing fruit. For sure, there’s much more to do, but this is a positive step forward, part of our long-term mission to incorporate sustainability into everything that we do."
Maritime Business World