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67 hospitality establishments certified for reduction of single-use plastics, in initiative supported by the Balearic Regional Government
5th May 2022
The Plastic Free Balearics certification has eliminated 16,394kg of plastic waste throughout the archipelago during its 10-month pilot phase, according to the results of the initiative announced today in Palma. This includes nearly 760,000 33cl plastic bottles, which have been removed from the supply chain.
The University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) came together with the Plastic Free Balearics certification this week to hold a joint seminar promoting the research and development of innovative solutions to single-use plastics in the tourism sector, the first step in a new collaboration between the two entities..
27th April 2022
Loren Carrasco, vice-rector of innovation and digital transformation at UIB, took part in the seminar and underlined the university's commitment to promoting this type of action: "We will do everything possible to seek synergies with foundations such as Save The Med and other sectors to try to identify interesting initiatives and projects that help us to improve or resolve the situation we currently have," she said.
Plastic Free Balearics warns of false solutions and proposes "honest" alternatives on the first anniversary of the Balearic ban on disposable plastics
16th March 2022
The certification initiative launches a guide aimed at the hospitality sector to facilitate purchasing decisions with a lower environmental impact.
Since June 2021, Plastic Free Balearics has certified 49 establishments, which plan to eliminate almost 6 tonnes of plastic waste from the supply chain.
The Plastic Free Balearics certification eliminated 94.000 plastic bottles
25th November, 2021
During European Waste Reduction week, Plastic Free Balearics presents preliminary results showing the impact of the first phase of the certification, a seal and guarantee of environmental quality that facilitates the reduction of plastics in the hospitality industry. 44 businesses have singed up so far, including 4 hotel chains, making a total of 93 establishments.
New pilot program launched
21st June 2021
The initiative, which has just launched its pilot phase, is now inviting all businesses across the islands’ hospitality industry to become Plastic Free Guardians and earn from 1 up to 5 stars, free-of-charge, to incentivise businesses in the hospitality industry to eliminate single-use plastics. Plastic Free Balearics aims to avoid any so-called “greenwashing” by providing certified businesses with a “Guide of Honest Alternatives” in order to help them to replace single-use products with less harmful ones, along with a personalised roadmap detailing the steps required to become plastic-free.
Balearic Waste Law
19th March 2021
The Plastic Free Balearics certification welcomes the new bans set in place by the “Balearic Waste Law” and calls on the Government for regulations on bioplastics, to avoid fake solutions. The certification initiative goes beyond the new laws and aims to help business in the restaurant and hotel sectors of the Balearic Islands to eliminate single-use plastics, substituting them for more honest alternatives.
Plastic Free Balearics
25th November 2020
The Mallorca-based Save the Med Foundation and IbizaPreservation have joined forces in Plastic Free Balearics, with the slogan “Four islands, one common goal”. Through this certification, the organisations hope to significantly increase the number of companies committed to reducing single-use plastics, as well as uniting all sectors - private, governmental and non-governmental - in the common goal of reducing the environmental impact generated by plastic pollution, which affects both the biodiversity of the islands and the health of its residents.
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