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Plastic-free holidays, Balearic Islands

With the joint industry project "Plastic-free holidays in the Balearic Islands", the Futouris member companies, together with the government of the Balearic Islands, want to reduce the plastic waste generated by tourism and improve the recycling of unavoidable plastic waste in the Balearic Islands.

Project goals

  1. Reducing plastic waste caused by tourism in the Balearic Islands.
  2. Improving the recycling rate of unavoidable plastic waste.
  3. Raising awareness among holidaymakers and tourism workers.

Tourism: both the cause and the sufferer

It is estimated that around 80% of the rubbish found in the sea is plastic waste. The Mediterranean is one of the most affected maritime regions. In addition to environmental problems, the waste also causes economic risks, including for tourism in coastal regions, which suffers from polluted beaches.


The tourism industry is not only affected by the effects of the high volume of plastic, but also contributes to the generation of plastic waste itself. In hotels, many products for use in the kitchen or housekeeping are purchased in plastic packaging. Guests are offered disposable packaging such as plastic drinking containers or straws as part of their vacation. Many holidaymakers also use disposable packaging such as plastic bottles or bags on excursions.


UNEP estimates tourism in coastal regions as the largest source of plastic waste in the oceans, alongside fishing, construction and households. An EU study also shows that 40-50% of waste items in the Mediterranean come from tourist use.

Up to 13 million tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans worldwide every year. Experts estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.

Futouris members want to reduce plastic consumption beyond legal regulations

In January 2018, the EU Commission defined a European strategy for the future handling of plastic for the first time. The plans include reducing the consumption of single-use plastics and limiting the use of microplastics.


The government of the Balearic Islands has also set ambitious goals with the new waste law “Ley de residuos y suelos contaminados”. The aim is to reduce the amount of plastic waste by 10% by 2021 (compared to the 2010 baseline) and by 20% by 2030. The draft law provides, among other things, for a ban on the use of products made from single-use plastics (e.g. plastic straws, cutlery and crockery) in the catering industry.


The members of the sustainability initiative Futouris e.V. want to go beyond these legal requirements and work together with the government of the Balearic Islands and local organizations such as Fundación Save the Med to significantly reduce the plastic waste generated by tourism in the Balearic Islands and increase the recycling rate.

Folgende Aktivitäten sind geplant

  • Basic study to identify the status quo and possible potential in 10 pilot hotels
  • Presentation and further development of the results in a stakeholder workshop
  • Development and implementation of innovative measures to reduce single-use plastic products together with the participating hotels, local partners, representatives of tour operators and the Mallorcan waste management
  • Design of a guide with concrete recommendations for action, best practice examples, tips and suggestions for plastic-free alternatives to common plastic products

Project overview

Updates from the project


Plastic reduction at TUI MAGIC LIFE Cala Pada

As part of the industry project plastic-free vacation, TUI MAGIC LIFE Cala Pada on Ibiza is implementing another plastic reduction measure this year: the elimination of plastic water bottles in the hotel.

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