Global Tourism Plastics Initiative launched to tackle plastic pollution

Published on : Friday, January 24, 2020

The Travel Foundation has pledged to deal with plastic pollution as part of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the UN Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.


The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative unites the tourism sector with a common vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution. It urges businesses and governments to take rigorous action with regard to plastic pollution.


As a member of the Advisory Committee for the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, the Travel Foundation has helped co-create the initiative, including its list of commitments for tourism organizations. These cover:



Jeremy Sampson, Chief Executive of the Travel Foundation said, “Through the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, we are creating a supportive network for businesses and governments to close the loop around plastic. The Travel Foundation has a long track record of successfully working with hotels and other businesses to reduce their plastic and other waste. This is currently our focus in Cyprus, Mauritius and Saint Lucia, where we are working at both policy and operational level. This coming May, with our partners in Slovenia, we will convene an event to bring together public and private stakeholders and international experts, to drive forward their ambition to eliminate or reuse plastic items in tourism.”


Ligia Noronha, UN Environment Programme Economy Division Director said, “Plastic pollution is one of the major environmental challenges of our time, and tourism has an important role to play in contributing to the solution. Through the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, tourism companies and destinations are supported to innovate, eliminate and circulate the way they use plastics, to help achieve circularity in the use of plastics and reduce plastics pollution globally.”


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