Lindblad Expeditions is committed to the elimination of single-use plastics across their fleet. All ships are 100% free of single-use plastic bottles, cups, straws and stirrers. The effort began in 2007 when single-use plastic water bottles were replaced with reusable, stainless-steel bottles in all cabins aboard. Lindblad Expeditions’ commitment to sustainability permeates every aspect of operations, including partnering with suppliers who are also working toward reducing and eliminating single-use plastics.
Dive Deeper: Sven Lindblad on reversing the planet’s plastic problem
“I went for a walk on the beach in Maui the other day, and I kept bending down to pick up plastic litter that had washed up on the shore. The sand had just gone through a clean-up a few months before, but it was already covered in bits of red, blue, and yellow plastic along the high tide line. On what should have been one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, I spent my morning collecting trash.
And this isn’t just a problem in Maui, or among island communities. Plastic pollution is a global problem, which has been growing. I’ve heard some experts call it the biggest environmental disaster of our time. Scientists are finding birds washed up on the coast with unbelievable amounts of plastic in their systems; we’re hearing about marine biologists opening up whales and finding 50 pounds of plastic in their guts; more than 700 species of seabirds and marine mammals are eating plastic or getting strangled in it.
It’s enough to make anyone who cares about the health—and future—of our planet sick. Both figuratively and, perhaps, literally. No one really knows yet what the implications of eating fish that have ingested plastics are going to be, but I don’t think they will be good.
Yet people are responding in extraordinary ways. And I believe the private sector, governments, and individuals around the world can—and will—tackle this problem.”