13 July 2021

TUI extends plastic reduction commitment

July is Plastic Free July / TUI has removed 257 million pieces of single-use plastics so far

This month is Plastic Free July – a global movement to help millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – for cleaner streets, oceans and communities.

Growing plastic pollution negatively impacts travel and tourism, particularly near the beaches and oceans which are so important to our destinations. At TUI we have been working hard for many years to reduce plastic use across the business and find alternatives. We are proud of the progress we’ve made to remove 257 million pieces of single-use plastics from our hotels, cruise ships, airlines and offices against our 250 million commitment.

We recognise there is more work to do and believe that by working together as a sector we can make a real difference and share best practice to reduce plastic pollution. Last year, TUI joined the Advisory Group of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by UN Environment Programme and UN World Tourism Organisation, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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, associations and NGOs to take concerted action, leading by example in the shift towards a circularity in the use of plastics.

We have extended our co-operation to become a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastic Initiative, endorsing the common vision and committing to eliminate the plastic items we don’t need; innovate so all plastics we do need are designed to be safely reused, recycled, or composted; and circulate everything we use to keep it in the economy and out of the environment. This is a key focus for the next phase of TUI’s sustainability strategy.