Plastic Free July!

SeaLink WA is leading the way to go plastic free!

An estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic waste is being dumped in the world’s oceans each year, and we are all responsible. Being a socially and environmentally progressive company, working in a marine tourism industry, this figure was unacceptable to SeaLink, so we decided it was time to make a difference to lead by example where we can. With this in mind, late 2017 saw the introduction of a new initiative where all SeaLink staff were provided with stainless steel water bottles with a strict mandate that no staff were allowed to bring plastic ones to work.

At the same time, all plastic water bottles were removed from all Captain Cook Cruises vessels operating on the Swan River. This was the first step towards major change across the whole business.

This year, we also introduced a “no plastic straws” policy across all of SeaLink WA’s businesses, including Captain Cook Cruises, SeaLink Rottnest Island, The Boat Collective and Bells Functions. SeaLink estimates that this initiative has already reduced the use of over 50,000 plastic straws.

We are happy to see that this same environmentally positive initiative has recently been adopted by the Rottnest Island Authority, and supported by Tourism Minister, Paul Papalia, to assist in protecting Perth’s stunning A-Class Nature Reserve Island.

Not one to rest on our laurels, SeaLink has recently removed all plastic water bottles off the Rottnest ferry – Quokka 1 - and have replaced these with a 100% biodegradable, plant based alternative. SeaLink conservatively estimates that this will save a further 80,000 water bottles annually from potentially ending up in the ocean.

By simply stemming the tide of plastic waste we can all help make positive changes!