Global Tourism Plastics Initiative
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution. It enables businesses, governments and other tourism stakeholders to take concerted action, leading by example in the shift towards circularity in the use of plastics.
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative requires tourism organizations to make a set of concrete and actionable commitments by 2025:
- Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and items;
- Take action to move from single-use to reuse models or reusable alternatives;
- (Engage the value chain to) move towards 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable;
- Take action to increase the amount of recycled content across all plastic packaging and items used;
- Collaborate and invest to increase the recycling and composting rates for plastics; and
- Report publicly and annually on progress made towards these targets.
How to become part of the Initiative: Apply now!
Tourism companies and destinations now have the opportunity to step forward as global leaders addressing the root causes of plastic pollution
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative is led by UN Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Initiative is developed within the framework of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme and supported by an Advisory Group.
The problem of plastic pollution
The problem of plastic pollution in tourism is too big for any single organization to fix on its own. To match the scale of the problem, changes need to take place across the whole tourism value chain.
The Initiative will support companies, destinations, associations and NGOs through:
- Sharing information about the plastic pollution challenge and the solutions being implemented across the sector;
- Fostering procurement practices that consider the plastic footprint of products and services and encourage circularity in the use of plastics;
- Promoting innovation and facilitating the cooperation between governments, local organisations, and businesses;
- Consolidating the progress reported by all signatories and establishing a performance benchmark;
- Publicly communicating the actions taken by signatories and showcasing the leadership of the sector.
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative has welcomed 26 new signatories, including businesses and organizations from every part of the global tourism value chain.
A new set of Recommendations published today outline how the global tourism sector can continue in its fight against plastic pollution while effectively facing the public health and hygiene challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to tackle the root causes of plastic pollution, enabling businesses and governments to take joint action.