The Green Initiative Program
In an effort to keep our oceans clean and as unpolluted as possible, and in collaboration with the hotel management onboard, Albatros Expeditions is glad to present the following actions. We would like our guests to gain awareness of our efforts to minimize our environmental footprint onboard our vessels.
Save the Waves Program
In order to reduce chemicals released into the ocean and lower the energy used in washing items onboard, the washing of towels and bed linens is being reduced, by providing each cabin proper signage to reduce the amount being washed each time. All laundry chemicals used are biodegradable.
The 3 keywords to keep in mind in every aspect are: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. All possible items are put to multiple use. For example, plastic bags from parka jackets are used afterwards as garbage bin liners. All single use plastic items are being eliminated, such as disposable cups, stirrers and straws. Paper cups can be used when requested, refillable water bottles can be purchased on each voyage, and only reusable hard plastic mugs and regular glasses are used for BBQs and special events. Only paper straws are available upon request and proper signage has been located explaining this. Wooden items have replaced the plastic ones, and instead of individual packages for condiments, yogurt, jam or butter, we provide small bowls and a butter pot for each table.
All garbage created in work areas is separated, and trash bins in the cabins can be requested to separate paper products. We are implementing recycling stations in key public areas for the use of our guests.
We only prepare seafood that is either caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of our oceans, as well as the livelihoods of fisheries-dependent communities. The hotel management uses MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) to ensure the purchase of species approved as sustainable.
Single use and plastic items have been replaced by wall-mounted dispensers to eliminate waste, and only biodegradable products are used, with proper labeling to promote the awareness of green initiatives among our guests.
Cleaning and Laundry Chemicals
Phosphate free, non or minimally toxic, biodegradable, not bio accumulative and eco-friendly cleaning products only.
Preventive measures to avoid the spread of plastic microfibers in the oceans are being researched and are in the process of being implemented.