Ørjan Bertelsen

Hurtigruten voyages declares war on plastic and bans single-use plastic

From 2018 everything from plastic straws, drink mixers, plastic glasses, coffee lids and plastic bags will be removed from all Hurtigruten ships. The goal is to become the World's first plastic-free shipping company.

Hurtigruten is the one of the world leaders in exploration travel, and the world’s biggest expedition cruise line. Their message is crystal-clear: All unnecessary single-use plastic will be removed company-wide by 2018.

This means that plastic straws are replaced by metal straws, stir pins will no longer be used – the same with plastic glasses wrapped in plastic, plastic cutlery, plastic bags, plastic lids on coffee cups, plastic toothpicks, plastic aprons, single-use packaging of butter and all other single-use plastic items that Hurtigruten’s 400.000 guests and 2500 employees encounter on a day to day basis.

Every year, Hurtigruten guests and employees cleans tons of plastic from beaches in the areas they operate. They witness the plastic pollution problem on a daily basis, and have decided to take action.

Hurtigruten’s single use plastics ban will be effective across its entire fleet of custom build expedition vessels – both operating on the legendary Norwegian Coastal Route, as well as expedition cruises from pole to pole.

Image credit: ØRJAN BERTELSEN/Hurtigruten