The Travel Corporation Will Eliminate Single-Use Plastics on Coach Trips

by Daniel McCarthy

The Travel Corporation (TTC) celebrated Earth Day this week by announcing that its brands including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, Costsaver, Brendan Vacations, Contiki, AAT Kings, and Inspiring Journeys, will no longer offer single-use plastic bottles on its coaches.

The move reflects TTC’s and the TreadRight Foundation’s initiative to eliminate all unnecessary single-use plastics from its brands by 202022. TTC has already started with its other brands—Uniworld, Red Carnation Hotels, and U River Cruises—all of which have removed plastic water bottles from their operations entirely.

“Our passionate, caring global team is unified in its total commitment to our mission to make travel matter. This means changing a number of ways we’ve operated in the past. This announcement marks an important next step in fulfilling our pledge to eliminate all non-essential single-use plastics across our all our operations by 2022 Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC and founder of The TreadRight Foundation, said in a statement.

TTC is also looking at other ways to rid their brands of the single-use plastics, including, according to Tollman, removing the remaining “single-use plastics throughout our organization’s hotel properties, such as shampoo and body lotion plastic bottles.” TTC brands have already moved away from the use of non-biodegradable name tags for all guests on their trips, and are instead providing resuable, durable luggage tags.

For guests, the TTC promises to do all it can to make sure they have access to safely and responsibly sourced drinking water. At the moment, Contiki is testing a 300-use, silicon water bottle.

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