Sustainable Maritime Interiors - 2022 Report

63 Norwegian Cruise Line says it invests in new technologies and innovations that will allow the company to improve its environmental performance and practises responsible sourcing. “We are committed to working with diverse partners across the supply chain to source safe, high quality, ethically responsible and sustainable products for our guests. We have formal policies and clearly defined expectations in place for our suppliers regarding environmental management, health and safety, ethics, anti-bribery, human rights and labour practices. In addition to our internal team, we utilise an external ESG Supply Chain consultancy to assist with developing strategies and areas of focus that are relevant to the cruise industry and consumers.” Sustainable sourcing is also important for Quark Expeditions, which says it is “developing a sustainable sourcing policy that intends to shift our spending towards products that are more environmentally sound and socially and ethically beneficial.” To create what it calls An Epic Sea Change for All, Virgin Voyages explains: “we will align with likeminded organisations and work closely with our suppliers. From sourcing food to ship furnishings and retail offerings, we are creating a responsible supply chain and a network that is in constant development.” Meanwhile, Virgin Voyages has coined the phrase ‘Hanging out with purpose’ to describe its Sea Terraces, which feature Yellow Leaf hammocks, a social enterprise that fosters women’s empowerment and community transformation in rural Thailand. Materials TUI Cruises states that it prioritises “the use of sustainable materials for newbuilds, for example using wood from responsibly managed forests for all installations in the cabins as well as numerous materials such as wool and cork for interior fittings.” In addition, for the new Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2, the company “changed all textiles in the guest cabins - ranging from bed linen and towels to the bathrobes - to organic cotton produced in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) with respect to cultivation and processing. Some of the bedlinen and textiles on these two ships are also Fairtrade certified. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises also has the bed linen and all towelling items onboard its new expedition ships certified according to GOTS, observing: “These internationally recognised guidelines guarantee sustainable textile production – from the organically grown, natural raw materials to sustainable and socially responsible manufacturing and transparent labelling.” Virgin Voyages states: “Tinted windows, LED lighting, and room sensors are just a few of the design choices that help our ship to use less energy and minimise our carbon footprint.” Swan Hellenic says that sustainable materials are used in “fixtures, fittings and for the ship’s technical equipment.”