The role of plastic in tourism
Marine plastic pollution is a huge global problem affecting the tourism industry significantly.
Tourism plays an important role in the waste issue, especially in plastic waste pollution, as tourism is equally a contributor to and victim of the problem.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…?
… 80% of the worldwide tourism activities take place at coasts where the plastic pollution is particularly present
… the financial impact on Mediterranean tourism industry due to plastic pollution is approx. 268 million € each year
… tourists in the Maldives are responsible for 25% of the total waste on the islands
… due to tourists marine litter increases by up to 33% on Mediterranean coasts during the summer season
… with 24 million tons of plastic waste, the Mediterranean region is ranked number 4 of the biggest producer of plastic products