How Cruise Lines Are Working to Make Trips at Sea More Sustainable
Author: Staff Author
The innovative ship, which launched in 2021, is emblematic of the efforts cruise lines are making to furnish their ships with environmentally friendly and ethically sourced materials. In doing so, they’ve made sustainability a tactile experience for guests while nudging the industry toward a greener future. “Sustainable interiors have really moved to the top of the conversation,” says Thomas Westergaard, a vice president at Hurtigruten. Meanwhile, Holland America Line has spent 18 months working with Danish textile manufacturer Dansk Wilton to develop Origin, an undyed and fully recyclable carpet made from natural wool that debuted in all the staterooms on the Rotterdam in 2022. The companies are now working to upcycle carpets torn out during refits to be reborn as signage and even furniture. Many cruise lines are also making investments in big-picture sustainability efforts. In late 2020, the pandemic-battered cruise industry set a goal of pursuing net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Now the challenge is to make that goal - or even the ambitious target of net zero - a reality. The industry’s current focus is on liquefied natural gas, or LNG: a cleaner-burning fossil fuel that reduces particulate emissions by as much as 95 percent as well as overall carbon burn by about a fifth. Hurtigruten has announced plans for a zero-emissions ship to arrive on the Norwegian coast by 2030.