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 lead by example in the shift towards a circular economy of plastics.
Over 100 organizations have become signatories of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and disclosed their ambitious commitments with regards to the elimination of unnecessary single-use plastics, transition to reuse models and use of reusable, recyclable, or compostable plastic packaging and items.
Global Tourism Plastics Initiative signatories make the following 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.
Destinations (national and local governments), businesses (accommodation providers, tour operators, suppliers, etc.) and supporting organizations (NGOs, business associations, academia, etc.) can become signatories of the Initiative.
The Initiative supports its signatories by sharing knowledge and resources to better implement their commitments; fostering collaboration across stakeholders in the value chain to advance towards a circular economy for plastics; consolidating the progress reported by all signatories; and bringing visibility to the actions taken by signatories.
To complement the curated guidelines, toolkits and reports that are featured in the repository, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative also engages in research. Recent publications include:
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UNWTO and UNEP are leading the implementation of the Initiative in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and with the support from an Advisory Group. The Initiative is developed within the framework of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme.
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Scaling-up Tourism Action at UN Ocean Conference
Tourism has the potential to lead the shift towards a circular and regenerative blue economy, the UN Ocean Conference has been told.
Call for Urgent Action to Protect the Oceans
Tourism’s central role in advancing the Blue Economy was highlighted as UNWTO chaired a special session and joined a Heads of State panel at the One Ocean Summit, hosted by the French Presidency this week.
Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Releases First Progress Report and Welcomes More Signatories
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative has welcomed a further 21 signatories, taking the total number past 110.
Tourism Takes Action on Plastic Waste and Pollution
Aimed at reducing waste and pollution across the sector, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI) is welcoming 32 new signatories, with every global region represented behind the shared goal.
Eliminate. Innovate. Circulate: Strategies from GTPI - July 2021
Panel Discussion: GTPI provides a framework to tackle plastic pollution and support the tourism sector towards building a circular economy of plastics.
Eliminate. Innovate. Circulate: Strategies from GTPI - March 2021
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI) provides a framework to tackle plastic pollution and support the tourism sector towards building a circular economy of plastics.
Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Welcomes 26 New Signatories
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative has welcomed 26 new signatories, including businesses and organizations from every part of the global tourism value chain.
Tourism Sector to Continue Taking Action on Plastic Pollution
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.
Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Takes On One of the Worst Polluters
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.
Launch of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative
Representatives from lead organisations presented the operational structure of the initiative and key stakeholders from the tourism sector explained the co-creation process of the menu of commitments.