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Condor leads war on plastic by axing one million single-use items in 2019

Condor Ferries has pledged to reduce the use of plastic across its fleet by axing one million single use items in 2019, replacing them with compostable and re-usable products.

It is the first stage in an ambitious plan to reduce the plastic it uses by 75 per cent over the next three years.

Each year, Condor passengers use 152,000 forks, 158,000 knives, 93,000 spoons and 42,000 straws along with 557,000 cups and 158,000 lids. The removal of plastic items and plastic-lined soft drinks cups will see a reduction of 1.2 million products in circulation by the end of the year.

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Vegetable-based cutlery and coffee cups made from Vegware have already been introduced on Liberation, Rapide and Clipper, and further action has been promised.

Vegware uses renewable, lower carbon or recycled materials and can be composted along with food waste.

Paul Luxon, Condor’s CEO, confirmed the company is looking at a number of eco-friendly alternatives so it can reduce the use of plastics by three quarters over the next three years.

“We fully recognise we have a role to play so our aim is to lessen plastic in circulation by 75 per cent by 2021,” he explained. “Like most other businesses, we accept there is a way to go to achieve this, but we are making progress in evaluating and testing new items for introduction such as biodegrable water bottles and seaweed packaging, all of which are zero-waste.

“Our passengers too are very aware of environmental issues and I am sure they will welcome the changes we have already made and those in the pipeline.”

Posted on 23rd January 2019 at 09:13 am in Ferry Operators | Condor Ferries | Ferry News |

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