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Royal Caribbean to Eliminate Plastic Straws By End of 2018

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Supplier: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, TUI Cruises, and Pullmantur Cruceros are eliminating plastic straws for 2019 as part of their comprehensive plastics elimination programs across their brands.

For over a year now, RCL ships have begun implementing a “straws upon request” policy. That program will be taken a step further by the start of 2019, when guests requesting a straw will receive a paper straw instead of a plastic one. Guests also will begin seeing Forrest Stewardship Council-certified wood coffee stirrers and bamboo garnish picks as part of RCL’s plastic reduction strategy.

After straws, stirrers and picks, the company’s next efforts will focus on other single-use plastics such as condiment packets, cups, and bags.  A full plastics audit is underway, with the overall plan to be completed in phases by 2020.

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