In line with The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) promise to strip all its brands of single-use plastic, Uniworld has confirmed it will be rid of all non-reusable plastic by 2022.

Uniworld made the promise this morning in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the cruise line’s sustainable river cruising guide.

Well underway to achieving the 2022 target, Uniworld has already reduced plastic waste from its ships by 27,374kg by removing plastic straws and water bottles. There’s also a ban on single-use plastic items in the brand’s offices worldwide.


The cruise line has also decreased chemical waste by 80 percent over the last two years across its vessels, reduced paper waste by 110,278kg and cut back on biodegradable waste by 16 percent in 2017.

President and CEO Ellen Bettridge said moving into the future, Uniworld will focus on enhancing and protecting the communities where its ships visit.


“We are equally conscientious of the role we play in being responsible guests of the communities we visit.”

Ellen Bettridge, Uniworld President and Chief Executive

Uniworld’s sustainable river cruising guide was written in conjunction with a sustainable tourism charity called The Travel Foundation and non-for-profit foundation, TreadRight. It was designed to support the river cruise industry in building a more sustainable future.


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