Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours have announced their initiative to join the ‘global push to reduce plastic waste’, by reducing plastic use on South East Asia tours.
According to Scenic, discarded plastic waste in oceans and waterways is a worldwide problem, proving to be a threat to marine life, local industry, access to safe water, and the health of oceans and waterways.
“With the support of our guests and other partners in the tourism sector, Scenic is taking steps to be part of the solution,” Mr Phil Jordan, Scenic Asia General Manager, said.
“As an industry that is so reliant on healthy waterways, it is essential that we are actively involved in our local regions in a meaningful way as opposed to just ticking the boxes.”
Scenic South East Asia is working alongside local communities and guests onboard to reduce as much plastic use as possible, providing filling stations onboard, and ensuring there are filling stations available at every shore stop, so guests are able to refill their water bottles.
“In addition to the reusable bottles we are implementing a paper straw policy and will be moving away from the small plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles commonly used throughout the tourism industry – small steps but every little bit helps,” Mr Jordan said.
To reduce the amount of disposable single-use water bottle being used, Scenic guests cruising Irrawaddy in Myanmar, the Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia are given the option to purchase a reusable bottle for use on their journey.
All funds from purchasing reusable bottles are put back into local community projects, and since the initiative began, Scenic has funded two community projects – the provision of clean running water in the Chiro Community in Kampong Cham in Cambodia; and the construction of new sanitation blocks in Yandabo Village, Myanmar.
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