We cannot deny the benefits of plastic in our daily life, but at the same time, we cannot ignore the impact that plastic has on our planet.
Plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, from its production to its refining and the way it is managed as a waste product.
It is estimated that each year additional eight million tonnes of plastic enter the world oceans.
The effects on the marine life are devastating: turtles and whales end up eating plastic bags. These give them a fake sense of lasting fullness that would eventually lead to death.
Plastic does not decompose in the same way as other products do, but it breaks down into smaller fragments, becoming “microplastic”. Plastic debris has been found everywhere: fishes, turtles, whales and – consequently – humans. It is very dangerous for our health, intoxicating our bodies in many ways.
According to a report by the World Economic Forum, if nothing is done to push back against the deluge of plastic currently overwhelming the oceans there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050.
The Travel Corporation has decided to step up and take responsibility for the impact of its tours on the environment. We are travel professionals, but most of all we are travel passionate. We believe that travel is an incredible gift, but with this gift comes a responsibility – to protect the world as we know it.
We recognise the importance of single initiatives and actions that can make the difference.
This is why in June last year, TTC publicly committed to eliminate all non-essential single-use plastics from its 30-plus offices across its exceptional portfolio of brands around the world.
By 2022, TTC will also remove single-use plastics across all operations and travel experiences.
It is estimated that these efforts will help eliminate the use of some 570 million plastic water bottles alone. An incredible achievement that we cannot accomplish without the support and the effort of our valued partners around the world.
This is a pioneer initiative in the industry, one we are extremely proud of and that should be used as a unique selling point with our clients across the world.
We have no doubts that many others will follow our path in the near future. As stated by our CEO Brett Tollman: “We hope this sets a meaningful example to other businesses to join the movement in working to stop the scourge of plastics on a global scale.”
For more information about our initiatives to safeguard our planet please click on the following link: https://www.treadright.org/pillar/planet/