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Positive progress: Europe’s fight against plastic waste

written by Liv Bohn January 19, 2018
Turtle with plastic bag in Thailand

Lots of us witnessed the distressing scenes of an albatross unintentionally feeding plastic to its chick. Or, the hawksbill turtle tangled in a plastic bag, in the BBC’s latest series of Planet EarthThese clips riled up viewers, and rightly so. But, it’s clear we’re all slowly beginning to realise the time to act against this growing problem is now!

Brussels got the message loud and clear, and are already making major moves to respond to the rallying cry of everyone’s favourite environmental enthusiast, Sir David Attenborough.

This week the European Union released details of their plan to wage war on plastic waste. By ensuring all plastic packaging is recyclable or reusable by 2030. As well as, modernising the way plastics are produced and collected, and even discussing the possibility of taxing damaging behaviour.

The EU also wants 55% of plastic in Europe to be recycled by 2030. And, for each EU member state to lower the number of plastic bags used per person from 90 to 40 a year by 2026.


There’s no escaping this is going to be a mammoth undertaking, but we can all still do our bit. Simple things like: swapping plastic straws for paper ones, always carrying a canvas bag for your shopping, and steering clear of plastic bottles (where possible), would help.

Here at Intrepid, we’re getting involved in the movement too, and have already banned single use plastics on our Adventure Cruising departures.

Want to find out what else we’re doing on our sustainability quest? Discover all the details here.

Feature image C/O of Krzysztof Bargiel via Shutterstock.

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