Here's Why You Won't Find Plastic Straws On Board Crystal Cruises
In honour of World Oceans Day on June 8, Genting Group's ultra-luxury Crystal Cruises has announced a ban on plastic straws across its entire fleet in a big move for sustainability.
Plastic straws will be replaced with paper straws throughout the dining venues aboard the Crystal Symphony—where Hong Kong Tatler team feted the Scions Party with their May cover star, Loui Lim—Crystal Serenity, the company’s yacht, Crystal Esprit, and the Crystal River Cruises fleet.
The latest addition to the company's Crystal Cares programme, the elimination of plastic straw shows Crystal Cruises' dedication to environmental efforts and sustainable practices, which already include energy efficiency, water conservation protocols and a dedicated recycling programme.
All measures contributing to the preservation of our marine environments can make a significant impact.
— Tom Wolber, Crystal’s president and CEO
Prior to the new initiative, the line has been using a state-of-the-art water filtration system for six years to produce still and sparkling drinking water across all dining venues to reduce the use of plastic bottles.
In 2011, Crystal introduced “You Care, We Care”, a voluntourism programme that encourages guests to get directly involved in community causes in the destinations its voyages call on.
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With a mission to protect and preserve the communities it explores, Crystal has also recently announced a partnership with ORCA—a leading conservation organisation dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises—to bring Cruise Conservationists aboard select Alaska voyages for training, research and data collection as part of its OceanWatch programme.
This article first appeared on hk.asiatatler.com.