Plastic Free July

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At Sea World Cruises, we have a love and passion for the ocean, the Gold Coast waterways and the whales, dolphins and other marine life that inhabit it. Unfortunately, the overwhelming amount of single-use plastic discarded each day is threatening our seas.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that encourages millions of people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution. This helps reduce carbon emissions and climate change while keeping our oceans clean and protecting their extensive ecosystem.

Bamboo is the new plastic

Pollution of waterways from single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery and polystyrene cups and containers pose a risk to its marine life. The Sea World Cruise Terminal Dec Café is already on its way to being plastic-free to meet with Queensland’s single-use plastic ban beginning September 2021. Plastic takes up to 20 years to fully decompose, whereas bamboo takes only three years. Cardboard is quick to decompose, taking as little as three months.  We serve food in paper bags, cardboard containers with paper straws and bamboo cutlery. Our coffee is served in sustainable coffee cups (they even have cute whale designs!)
What difference does this make?

Substituting plastic for more renewable sources makes a big difference in the longevity of the environment. Queensland banned plastic bags in 2019, and in the first year, 900 million bags were saved from going straight into landfills.

Sea World Cruises statistics:

– Changing from plastic to carton water bottles in our café and vessels will save over 5,000 bottles being sent to landfills.

– Switching from plastic to bamboo cutlery packs saved over 3,600 items of plastic cutlery each year.

– We haven’t used single-use plastic bags or plastic straws since 2019, doing our part in stopping the millions of plastic waste from finding their way into landfills or the ocean.

We have changed to eco-friendly coffee cups and swapped plastic stirrers to sustainable bamboo.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Bins

We have put three different coloured bins available to encourage best practice waste disposal. The aim of having easily accessible bins mean less waste is being put into landfills. Encourage recycling and reducing waste going into landfills.

Waste sent to recycling centres is turned into something new. Products made in this way use less energy than created from raw material. For example, glass can be recycled an infinite number of times, and by recycling just one glass jar, you can save enough energy to power a fluorescent bulb for 20 hours.

Food waste makes up the majority of waste in landfills. When disposed of in the correct bin, it gets sent to a composting facility and, within weeks, is broken down into rich compost soil.

Different coloured bins are seen at our cruise terminal and onboard our vessels.

Reusable Water

Sea World Cruises has replaced plastic water bottles with a more environmentally friendly alternative, Carton & Co. Their unique, paperboard carton packaging is made from FSC certified, renewable sources. They can be recycled or reused as your daily water bottle.

Image Courtesy of Carton & Co

Stopping to pick up rubbish on the boat

Our skippers and crew spend a good portion of the time looking out to the water, searching for whales. Sadly, it isn’t unusual to spot something other than humpbacks or dolphins. We often find pieces of rubbish bobbing in the water, and our crew make sure to stop and retrieve them. We have found plastic bags, party balloons, fishing lines, and so much more, all of which risk the lives of our precious marine life.

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