As the world shifts towards a circular economy model where materials flow around a closed loop system, we are changing how we work with our supply chain partners to reduce waste. In order to reduce our environmental impact and to continuously improve our sustainability practices, we recycle, reuse, and rethink resource use based on the principles of a circular economy.
Since 2018 we have eliminated over 500 million single-use items.
In 2022, we continued our efforts to reduce single-use plastic items. Despite the pandemic and the need to continue to use some single-use items for health and sanitation reasons, we remained focused on eliminating and reducing single-use plastic items and replacing them withmore sustainable alternatives throughout the fleet.
Traditionally, plastic items such as straws, cutlery, stir sticks, cocktail/garnish picks, cups, lids and chopsticks have been eliminated or replaced with alternatives such as paper, wood or bamboo products.
To expand on the success we achieved in 2021, we continued to change our approach with our supply chain partners to purchase products in bulk instead of single use containers such as butter packets, sauce packets, yogurt and amenity bottles. As of the end of 2022, we have eliminated over 5 million individual amenity bottles, 10 million individual yogurt containers and 50 million individual sauce packets relative to 2018. We have also updated our internal procedures to reduce the consumption of plastic bin liners and reduced consumption by over 25 million in 2022.
The safe management of food waste is a key component in our ongoing commitment to reducing our impact on the oceans we sail.
One way in which we ensure the efficient management of food waste is through investments in technology such as biodigesters and dehydrators. By the end of 2022, we had installed over 600 food waste biodigesters and over 25 food waste dehydrators across our fleet.
The installation of biodigesters and dehydrators across our vessels support Carnival Corporation & plc’s Circular Economy focus area and Sustainability Goals. In 2022, we achieved a 31% reduction in unit food waste relative to our 2019 baseline and we are working towards our next interim goal of 40% unit food waste reduction by 2025 and a 50% reduction by 2030.
Prevents any plastic materials trapped in foodwaste from being discharged overboard.
Reduces the demand on the ocean for complete food waste decomposition.
Supports our overall sustainability agenda.