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I don't want to get into the pros/cons, but there was a thread a while back about X changing to paper. We last cruised on Reflection in December and they were still using plastic. What's on board now. Just curious.

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They aren’t due to change for quite a while. Do a search for the previous thread for all the details

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Interestingly, Virgin Voyages just announced that they would be limiting/eliminating 'single-use' plastics, like stirrers, straws, and water bottles. Sounds like an idea whose time has come. :cool:

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Interestingly, Virgin Voyages just announced that they would be limiting/eliminating 'single-use' plastics, like stirrers, straws, and water bottles. Sounds like an idea whose time has come. :cool:

Although I understand the need and reason for the change, and don't mind stirrers and straws, I'm not ashamed to admit I'm fond of bottled water to take with us on port days. It's hard to transport water without them, and on busy, hot port days, something we are grateful to have. Don't hate me, just being honest.

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Refillable tumblers actually keep your beverages very cold. That’s what I use and many others do too.

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Thanks Cruisestitch. I use them at home and you're right, they do keep water cold for a long time. I am embarrassed to admit however that when travelling I find them heavy and difficult to carry and when a long day is in store, I need more than one.. Mea culpa! Don't hate me.:o

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I was interested to see what we would find onboard next week as well. I life in the Philadelphia area and I often stop for coffee for my teaching assistant and I at either the beginning or end of the week. Last Tuesday I stopped and drove away before I realized there was no straw for my iced coffee in the drink carrier like normal. I stopped later in the week and was told that I now need to request a straw for any drink. Times are changing.

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I was interested to see what we would find onboard next week as well. I life in the Philadelphia area and I often stop for coffee for my teaching assistant and I at either the beginning or end of the week. Last Tuesday I stopped and drove away before I realized there was no straw for my iced coffee in the drink carrier like normal. I stopped later in the week and was told that I now need to request a straw for any drink. Times are changing.

I'm Philly burbs also. You're right. Things and times are changing.

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Sometimes progress is not progress. I remember in the 50s when all soda was sold in reusable bottles with a refund. In fact, I used to ride my bike down the road and pickup the empty bottles for two cents apiece to earn cash for going to the movies.

 

I am happy to drink the tap water on the ship, and in most first World countries you can drink the tap water as well. We are not obsessed with drinking water thet is filtered and cost more than the price per liter of gasoline. As for straws, I don't drink any drinks that I can do without a straw. I prefer wine, beer or a martini or whisky neat. No umbrella drinks.

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plastics are not a problem, the problem is people refusing to recycle them in the proper way

 

It is always good to reduce your waste

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The original question was not the pros and cons but what's being used on board now.

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From another post on this topic: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/19128-royal-caribbean-to-eliminate-plastic-straws-by-end-of-2018.html

 

We carry our own reusable straws now - cheap from many on line sources including Amazon, lots of lengths/sizes and many are dishwasher safe. This is my personal fav because it fits my insulated Tervis perfectly can be put in the dishwasher but also comes w/ a pipe cleaner: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UM9STWU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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It is simply too bad that people can’t use a trashcan. Then plastic straws would not be an issue…

 

 

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Interestingly, Virgin Voyages just announced that they would be limiting/eliminating 'single-use' plastics, like stirrers, straws, and water bottles. Sounds like an idea whose time has come. :cool:

 

they never even started using plastic because the first ship doesn't set sail until 2020.

 

But I appreciate that they are going in that direction.

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Sorry

Edited by cruise kitty
I need to have more self control over my innate jerkiness. :)

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We just got off the Summit this morning, still using plastic straws and selling water in plastic bottles.

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Thanks Cruisestitch. I use them at home and you're right, they do keep water cold for a long time. I am embarrassed to admit however that when travelling I find them heavy and difficult to carry and when a long day is in store, I need more than one.. Mea culpa! Don't hate me.:o

 

I agree, the weight restrictions are making it harder to pack, so adding one of those containers would not work for me.

I know we have to restrict the plastic but what about eliminating cigarettes, everywhere you go, cigarette butts all over aren't they too a large problem?

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Thanks to Mr. Click and Merly for answering my simple question.:)

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Thanks to Mr. Click and Merly for answering my simple question.:)

 

 

No question is ever simple on Cruise Critic 🤣

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I'm always amazed that people think they can control others' responses on a discussion board.

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they never even started using plastic because the first ship doesn't set sail until 2020.

 

But I appreciate that they are going in that direction.

 

LOL -- Don't I know it -- I'm on the 'list' for the inaugural season. So far, I know more about VV's Eco-Friendly policies, than I do about cabins, prices, cruise dates or itineraries!:eek: Don't know where we're going, when we're going, or how much it's going to cost. BUT, I do know that there will be no plastic straws onboard! :rolleyes:

 

Sorry, OP -- I know you're just trying to get straight answers to a simple question.:o

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I'm always amazed that people think they can control others' responses on a discussion board.

Why would you think I was trying to control responses when I simply thanked two posters for answering the question I asked? Discuss away to your hearts content.😊

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If they ever get to the point of eliminating the plastic straws, I'll start bringing a package of plastic straws for my drinks and I'll put them in the trash. I don't think we are close to eliminating plastic water bottles.

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Thanks Cruisestitch. I use them at home and you're right, they do keep water cold for a long time. I am embarrassed to admit however that when travelling I find them heavy and difficult to carry and when a long day is in store, I need more than one.. Mea culpa! Don't hate me.:o

 

I agree, the weight restrictions are making it harder to pack, so adding one of those containers would not work for me.

 

Consider a reuseable, collapsible water bottle. They barely weigh anything and don't take up as much room to pack as a standard reuseable tumbler. And when you're out and about and finish one, you can roll it up to fit in a pocket, purse or backpack to take back to the ship/hotel with you. Ours have a carabiner on them which makes it even easier to carry around.

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What a great move by Celebrity in eliminating plastic straws. I am sick and tired of watching thousands upon thousands of cruise passengers over the years getting a drink with a plastic straw, and when finishing, walking over to the side of the ship and tossing the plastic straw into the ocean. The shame of it all. :rolleyes:

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Consider a reuseable, collapsible water bottle. They barely weigh anything and don't take up as much room to pack as a standard reuseable tumbler. And when you're out and about and finish one, you can roll it up to fit in a pocket, purse or backpack to take back to the ship/hotel with you. Ours have a carabiner on them which makes it even easier to carry around.
I agree withe the carabiner clips - I LOVE those!

 

I have a Yeti Rambler I take if I have my backpack with me which is almost always now because its easier and safer to carry than a purse. I found a backpack that has outside water bottle pockets for easy access.

 

If trying to pack light, I take my Bubi bottle, then when we stop for lunch I fill it up again so I have a drink for the afternoon.

 

It was hard to wean myself off plastic water bottles but in the end, I wanted to be part of the solution, not the problem. Now I couldn't imagine going back to all those disposables. I think it's going to be a real learning curve, I know it took me a while to get used to it.

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. I am sick and tired of watching thousands upon thousands of cruise passengers over the years getting a drink with a plastic straw, and when finishing, walking over to the side of the ship and tossing the plastic straw into the ocean. The shame of it all. :rolleyes:

 

Exactly.

Take a look at a company called 4Ocean, either on FB or on their .com web site.

They do global ocean clean ups, and some of the photos they post are truly hard to believe, and they offer some incredible statistics.

 

I've been a member for some time now, and was happy to see them featured on NBC Nightly News a few weeks back. It's a great cause, and another way to be a small part of the solution.

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