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Carnival Corp. partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society

Article-Carnival Corp. partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society

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In a new partnership, ocean explorer and environmental advocate Jean-Michel Cousteau and his nonprofit Ocean Futures Society will provide external expertise to Carnival Corp. & plc on environmental initiatives.

‘We have a responsibility and opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the world’s oceans, while supporting and protecting them with sound environmental policies,' said Cousteau, who is attending the UN Climate Summit in New York this week. 'We look forward to working with Carnival Corporation to further enhance its environmental initiatives, and we commend the company’s long-term commitment to environmental stewardship and excellence.’

Passion and insights

‘We enthusiastically welcome the Ocean Futures Society and Jean-Michel’s passion and insights to help us strengthen our efforts, along with the support of our employees and guests,’ said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corp.

Reducing single-use plastics

The company recently announced it will significantly reduce its purchase and consumption of non-essential single-use plastics by the end of 2021. Carnival Corp. and its nine cruise line brands already have plans under way, including initiatives to reduce or eliminate purchase of plastic straws, cups, lids and bags, among other items.

The brands are also working to potentially eliminate individual servings of select packaged food items and other single-use plastics or decorative items used in food and beverage service as well as in staterooms.

Soap recycling

Some other efforts include Carnival Cruise Lines’ partnership with Clean the World to recycle and distribute soap and other hygiene products to more than 127 countries. In addition to this North American initiative, the brand is also teaming with Soap Aid in Australia on a similar effort.

Cutting food waste

Costa Cruises has developed an integrated program, 4GOODFOOD, to reduce food waste by 50% on board its fleet by 2020, 10 years ahead of the United Nations 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals. The program also includes a food donation project at nine ports in Italy, France and Spain. In just over a year since the program, Costa has achieved a 35% reduction in food waste.