TUI Cruises - no appetite for waste
Avoiding food waste is an essential aspect of sustainable tourism, but there has been little research to date on how food waste can be avoided on cruise liners. In 2017, TUI Cruises investigated the potential for reducing onboard food waste with the travel industry initiative Futouris e.V. and non-profit organisation United Against Waste e.V.. Initial analysis was carried out onboard Mein Schiff 4, to reduce resource consumption and encourage crew and guests to avoid food waste.
Using a waste analysis tool and applying various measures onboard led to an overall 17% reduction in food waste onboard the ship, and a projected reduction of 67.6 tonnes/ year. These results, including specific proposals relating to the measurement of food waste and best practice, will be made available to the entire cruise sector and are now being implemented across the TUI Cruise fleet. In recognition of the project, TUI Cruises received the EcoTrophea 2017 award from the German Travel Association.
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