Posts tagged sustainability
What everyone should know about cigarette butts

What is a cigarette filter made out of? The answer is plastic.

Many smokers and non-smokers are now just beginning to realize that cigarette butts have long been our biggest source of forgotten plastic. In this blog, I will discuss the environmental implications of cigarette butt pollution, followed by revelations that I had while taking part in a city-wide cleanup in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Scylla: A River Cruise Company With A Green Vision

The European river cruise sector is booming.

The number of active cruise vessels has more than doubled between 2004 and 2017. The growth in cruise tourism has placed a heavy burden on marine environments. As a result, there has been a general rise in customers demanding more responsible and sustainable tourism. To reduce their environmental impacts and to meet the increasing demand for sustainable cruising options, river cruise companies (like Scylla Cruises) have begun to take action.

Read more to find out what Scylla is doing for sustainability in our interview with Scylla’s very own CEO, Arno Reitsma.

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The Student Hotel: Inspiring its students and guests to be more sustainable

In this interview our team members from Sea Going Green sat down with Amber Westerborg, the Impact Manager of The Student Hotel (TSH) situated a few minute cycle from the heart of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We asked TSH about their current sustainability projects and operations, how they are engaging staff and guests as well as some tips for other hotels looking to incorporate sustainability into their core business. 

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How sustainability can benefit your business- Our top tips

Introducing sustainability into your business can improve efficiency, encourage employee engagement, drive customer loyalty and ultimately boost the bottom line of your business. For offices looking to cut down their CO2 footprints, enhance their waste management strategy, and introduce more sustainable initiatives into the company, luckily there are many new ideas and practices out there.

It can be overwhelming to take the first steps. Where do you start and what are the most effective methods? We’ve put together a list of our top tips for creating a sustainable business that benefits your bottom line. 

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Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam: Where Circular Economy Meets Hospitality

Can a hotel be luxurious and sustainable at the same time? Is it possible that a hotel with as many as 200 rooms can generate its own electricity? Could a hotel serve as a social hotspot for locals? These are the questions I asked myself before writing this article. 

In this blog, I will highlight the newly constructed Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam in The Netherlands to showcase the forward thinking concepts that they have integrated into their hotel operations including electricity consumption, waste production and other innovative practices that incorporate sustainability.

Read on to see how this hotel embodies the “green future” and provides a quick city-escape without even having to take a plane.

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What can yacht crew do to improve sustainability?

The superyacht industry isn’t the most environmentally friendly of industries and it often receives negative press when it comes to sustainability, from the endless single use plastic, the food miles consumed to the huge emissions.

Quite simply, it is an industry which relies on the health of our oceans and without them, cannot exist. In recent years, there has been an increase in environmental awareness and changing attitudes within the industry.

The process for change is happening in many ways but one is down to the power of the individual, individual yacht crew making changes to the daily operations of the yacht and taking responsibility for the yachts environmental footprint to provide long lasting benefits. So, what are the steps in which yacht crew can take to flip unsustainable practices onboard? Continue reading to find out!

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11 Sustainable Practices for River Cruises

River cruises are becoming increasingly popular, which creates many new opportunities as well as challenges along with it.

In Europe alone, 1.4 million passengers took a river cruise in 2018, a number that’s rising annually. The kind of growth that we’ve seen from cruise tourism has placed a large burden on the marine environment. As a result, we have generally seen a rise in the trend of customers demanding for more responsible and sustainable tourism. To meet the increasing demand for sustainable cruising options, river cruise companies are starting to think about their environmental impact while finding ways on how to reduce it.

In this blog, you’ll find a list of 11 suggested practices that we’ve compiled to help make river cruising more sustainable!

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6 Companies That Converted Ocean Pollution into Innovative Products

Did you know that almost every piece of plastic ever made is still on the planet in some form or another? Plastic production globally is expected to be more than 3 hundred million tons. By 2050, when the population explodes to almost 10 billion people, it’s expected that plastic production will triple. The problem with that is that today, only a fraction of the plastic we produce is recycled.

In this week’s blog, we’ll take a look at 6 different brands that are incorporating marine plastics into their practices and retail products. We hope that this will inspire more brands to use ocean plastic in the creation of their products!

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Metamorfosa: Building a community for ocean sustainability

In this week’s blog we’ll be showcasing an upcoming documentary series by Gemtrack Travel called Positive Pioneers, and in particular Metamorfosa: an episode highlighting a village in Indonesia that has come together to restore its natural beauty including its surrounding waters and coral reefs.

The documentary shows the dedication that the community has committed to bringing their 5 km of local reefs back to life as well as the solution of building the relationships between all the levels of society to make projects like this replicable and successful in areas around the world!

Beautiful both visually and in its story, this documentary is awaiting its highly anticipated release at the end of this month, so take a look at this blog for a preview and stay tuned for its release! In the meantime also check out the documentary website here to learn more about this project and how you can support it!

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Women4Oceans: Bridging the Gap by Empowering Sustainability Heroes

This week Sea Going Green will dive into the topic of bridging the gap for women working towards ocean conservation by facilitating awareness about gender equality to encourage women to be a part of the solution, no matter what their educational background, ethnicity or socioeconomic status is.

For Farah of Women4Oceans, bridging the gap means empowering women to get a seat at the table allowing them to gain equal exposure and recognition for their efforts in ocean conservation.

Check out the rest of the blog to hear more about Farah’s motivation for starting Women4Oceans as well as projects and initiatives that they are doing to promote female visibility!

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