Sustainable Travel News & Views

News and Views

Sustainability can be a daunting subject! So much chatter and so many opinions. At TerraVerde we are keenly aware of this and aim to empower our readers by sharing some of the most insightful and relevant news and views.

The Hotel Waste Measurement Methodology

Hotel food

Last week WWF and Greenview unveiled the Hotel Waste Measurement Methodology. Specifically designed for the hospitality industry, the methodology provides a common approach to report on and manage waste. Many in the hotel industry have made progress on waste reduction, but unlike water and electricity consumption, waste is notoriously difficult to quantify. Without a standard measurement approach in place industry-wide waste reduction is […]

New cabin crew and pilot uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles.

Easyjet introduce uniform made from recycled plastic bottles

easyJet is rolling out a new uniform for its cabin crew and pilots made from approximately 45 recycled plastic bottles each. It is estimated that the new uniform will save around half a million plastic bottles going to waste each year. The innovative high-tech material was developed using renewable energy sources and has a 75% lower carbon footprint […]

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

Plastic waste on a beach

We each eat one credit card of plastic each week! According to Sebastien Bazin the Chairman & CEO of Accor.  Last month 32 new signatories joined Accor and were added to The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, each committing to: Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and items; Take action to move from single-use to reuse models or reusable alternatives; […]

The Belvera B2B travel sustainability report 2021

The Belvera B2B travel sustainability report 2021

Yesterday Belvera Partners published ‘The Belvera B2B travel sustainability report 2021: sustainability reporting in B2B travel’s top 350 companies globally’, featuring expert advice and case studies from Amadeus and Hotelbeds. Worryingly, the report finds that over 80% of the top 350 companies in the B2B Travel space don’t have any kind of sustainability report in place. This shows the opportunities to gain a […]

IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity

Image of fire fighters fighting a wild fire

Drawing on the contents of over 14,000 research papers, 234 global scientists have produced the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report. The purpose of this report is to provide governing bodies, with the information they need to make decisions regarding climate change. The contents of this report will inform much of the discussions […]

DHL Express orders 12 Fully Electric Planes

DHL Electric Plane

Earlier this week, DHL Express placed an order for 12 all electric cargo planes.  The ‘Alice’ planes should be delivered in 2024 and can each carry just under 1,200kg of cargo, with a range of 440 nautical miles. The realisation of an all-electric commercial passenger plane is still some way off; If the ‘Alice’ were a passenger […]

Introducing Infinitely Recyclable Plastics

Introducing Infinitely recyclable plastic

Earlier this year L’Oréal announced it’s first cosmetic bottle derived from enzymatic plastic recycling. The process developed by CARBIOS eliminates many of the limitation of thermomechanical recycling processes. Including loss of quality, allowing for infinite recycling of all types of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) waste.  It will be some years before 100% recycled plastic is widely used, so this doesn’t remove the need to continue to look for alternatives and […]

What is a Circular Economy.

What is a Circular Economy

There’s a lot of conversation around sustainability, which should always be encouraged. One of our goals at TerraVerde is to demystify some of the language we frequently use, so everyone can join the discussion, without fear of stumbling over the terminology. Today I am sharing my preferred definition of a ‘Circular Economy’ from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation […]

An alternative approach to a more sustainable diet.

An alternative approach to a more sustainable diet

It’s widely documented that we need to change our eating habits, to adopt a more sustainable way of living. Often, this centres around a more plant-based diet. So seafood lovers will be delighted to learn that the Nature Conservancy (an Arlington-based environmental group), wants everyone to eat more sea urchins to protect the kelp forests.   Kelp forests […]

Action promotes optimism

action promotes optimism

Climate change is undeniably depressing. Daily, we are presented with headlines highlighting the challenges we face and increasing our collective anxiety. It’s essential that we find methods of turning that anxiety into positive actions, empowering people and promoting change.   In an article for The Conversation UK, psychologist Cameron Brick states: “If we can be brave enough […]

Two major initiatives which will touch all lives and businesses within Europe

wind farm

Last week saw the announcement of two major initiatives which will touch all lives and businesses within Europe. Firstly, the European Union announced its most ambitious climate change proposals to date: The ‘Fit for 55 package’ (so named, because it would put the bloc on track to meet its 2030 goal of reducing emissions by 55% […]