Plastic pollution is becoming one of the world's pressing environmental issues today.
With governments banning single-use plastic bags and fast food chains removing plastic straws from their counters as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts to save the environment, it is timely for us to act on banning plastics in the marine sector as a solution to this environmental problem. Many of us are aware that plastics take decades, and some, centuries, to decompose, creating dreadful waste problems.
We seek to comply with the UK Chamber of Shipping Single-Use Plastic Charter* and set ourselves a goal of eliminating Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles (SUPWBs) with the target of zero SUPWBs on board of our vessels. In 2020, we achieved a 60% reduction in SUPWBs used.
*UK Chamber of Shipping:
"Takeaway food and drink litter dominates ocean plastic, study shows."
The Guardian: https://bit.ly/3gkA2pv
Much has been said and written about the harmful effects of Single-Use Plastic (SUP) on the environment and on our food chain (through very small pieces of plastic called micro-plastic).
While the problem of plastic waste globally may seem to be insurmountable, there is something that each of us can do. It is all about taking personal responsibility and making thoughtful decisions. We are aiming for the ambitious target of zero Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles (SUPWBs) on board our vessels, working in places where we can source sustainable non-SUPWB potable water, but we cannot do it without everyone's help.
Over the course of 2020, we saw a 60% reduction in average SUPWB usage per vessel, coupled with an increase of 333% of use of refillable flagons.
We introduced our Reduction of SUP Action Plan which covers what we need to do to reduce the use of SUP. This plan will be rolled out in early 2021.
The SD team publishes the SUPWB numbers quarterly in our internal newsletter so that everyone can see our progress and know the role they have played in making this world a more sustainable and environmentally cleaner place.