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Hur­tig­ru­ten bans dis­po­sable plastic

On July 2, the tra­di­tio­nal ship­ping com­pa­ny Hur­tig­ru­ten cele­bra­tes its 125th bir­th­day and at the same time gives a pre­sent to the envi­ron­ment: From today on Hur­tig­ru­ten wants to banish all dis­po­sable plastic from its ships. No plastic straws, no stir­rers in plastic cof­fee cups, no plastic lids and not a sin­gle plastic bag should then be found on the ships.

This is only logi­cal: ship tra­vel­lers wit­ness the pol­lu­ti­on of the oce­ans with plastic was­te every day. Most of the plastic in the oce­ans comes from fishing, but plastic bot­t­les, plastic bags or other ever­y­day plastic arti­cles also end up on Norway’s beaches by the ton and too often end up in the sto­machs of sea­b­irds, fish and wha­les.

Plastic waste in Mushamna/ Spitsbergen

Plastic was­te in Mushamna/ Spits­ber­gen

The ban on dis­po­sable plastic arti­cles will be effec­ti­ve across the ent­i­re Hur­tig­ru­ten fleet, i.e. both on the legen­da­ry pos­tal ship rou­te from Ber­gen to Kirkenes, as well as on crui­se ships in polar waters and in all land-based faci­li­ties and also on Spits­ber­gen.

Hurtigruten’s ambi­tious long-term goal is even to beco­me the first plastic-free ship­ping com­pa­ny in the world. Even if the­re is cer­tain­ly still much room for impro­ve­ment in the crui­se ship indus­try in terms of pol­lu­ti­on and CO2 emis­si­ons, the ban on dis­po­sable plastic is a wel­co­me step in the right direc­tion.

Soon free from diposable plastic: Hurtigruten museumsship in Stokmarksnes

Soon free from dipo­sable plastic: Hur­tig­ru­ten muse­ums­ship in Stok­marks­nes

Source: Hur­tig­ru­ten

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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