We have an opportunity to make choices that can extend the life cycles of products and support sustainably sourced products to achieve a circular economy.
We believe that solid waste shouldn’t go into the oceans or landfills. Using the tried-and-true “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle” model, we’ve been able to reduce the average waste-to-landfill per available passenger to eight ounces per day, compared to the U.S. average of 2.8 lbs. per day.
How did we get there? We work with our suppliers to reduce packaging materials and use more sustainable resources. Next, we re-use materials–participating in container return programs and establishing a donation database for our fleet. Finally, we recycle. All trash onboard our ships is hand sorted by our crewmembers to determine what can be recycled. Each of our ships is equipped with specially designed climate-controlled storage facilities that allow them to hold recyclables until a “Green Loading” hubs are reached.
80% of the waste landed from our ships never sees a landfill. But we didn’t stop there. We’ve set a new 2020 goal to reduce waste-to-landfill by 85% per passenger day from our 2007 baseline. This goal will get us even closer to achieving zero waste. To turn this goal into a reality and overcome infrastructure challenges in local markets, we plan to establish “Green Loading” hubs in all North American and Northern European itineraries as well as five additional markets. As part of this process, we also will be working with the hubs to obtain third-party zero waste certifications.
Sustainable seafood is one major commodity we have tackled in our efforts to improve our supply chain and conserve the long-term viability of global fish stocks. Our goal is ambitious, and a first for our industry, but we are working with the two most recognized organizations in this space the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-, and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). Our aim is to source 90% of wild-caught seafood from MSC certified fisheries and 75% of farmed seafood from ASC-certified farms in North America and Europe.
Additionally, we will achieve chain of custody certification for our global fleet, confirming MSC- and ASC- certified seafood all the way back to a sustainable fishery or responsible farm are traceable.
Our challenge will be the ability to source enough certified MSC or ASC product in specific regions. As a global company, we need to source product and find distribution channels within every region, and a concern will be sourcing in places that are behind, in terms of sustainability.
It will ultimately allow our guests to join us in supporting making responsible seafood dining choices.
We are developing and implementing improved sustainable and humane sourcing practices for key food commodities onboard our ships. We are well underway with our 2020 sustainable seafood goal and working towards sourcing cage-free eggs and pork from gestation crate-free producers by 2022. We have also recently committed to sourcing 100 percent of whole broiler chicken from GAP-certified sources by 2024 in North America and requiring these chickens be processed in a manner that utilizes a pre-shackle, multi-step controlled atmosphere processing style.
In 2016, we analyzed key food commodity categories to identify and prioritize commodities with the highest environmental impact. Then in 2017, we selected three products - coffee, tea, and sugar - to develop strategies to improve sustainable sourcing practices of each commodity by 2020.