Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic announced it has successfully completed a single-use plastics elimination program across its fleet. Lindblad's ships are now 100 percent free of all single-use plastic bottles, cups, straws and stirrers.
The effort supports National Geographic's “Planet or Plastic?” campaign, a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness about the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of plastic in the world's oceans.
"The ocean is under major assault on so many fronts, and its protection is both a business mission and a personal passion," said Sven Lindblad, CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, in a statement. "It is enormously gratifying that our team has achieved this milestone in our elimination program. The health of our planet is dependent on our oceans, and it is essential that we change our behavior with regard to plastics."
"Lindblad Expeditions has been a valued partner since 2004, when we first started working together to offer extraordinary expedition cruises to some of the world's most fascinating places," said Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners, in a statement. "Our shared passion for adventure and conservation made our alliance a natural fit, and their tremendous effort to eradicate single-use plastic reaffirms that. We are proud that Lindblad is taking action to make a positive impact on this pressing problem, and we hope that their efforts inspire other travel companies to do the same."
Lindblad Expeditions began working toward the elimination of avoidable plastic waste in 2007 when the organization banned single-use plastic water bottles. Instead, guests receive individual reusable stainless-steel bottles that may be refilled at filtered water stations located around the vessels. Lindblad's commitment continues as they work with suppliers and seek partners to eliminate and reduce plastic packaging for the items they supply.
"The next phase in executing a broader reduction in our plastic packaging requires an industry-wide mandate to our suppliers to explore sustainable alternatives," Lindblad added.