This May, Capri, Italy, made waves in the world of sustainable travel. Mayor Gianni De Martino officially approved the banning of all single-use plastics that are not biodegradable from entering the island’s borders.
Capri Manages Over-Tourism
The tiny island sees a whopping 2.3 million tourists every year, with up to 20,000 per day during the summer. So when Capri’s government noticed a great deal of plastic entering the area, it decided to make protecting the marine life and coastline near Naples a top priority by prohibiting plastics including:
- Water bottles
- Coffee stirrers
Capri means business, too, as it’s instated a fine equal to just over $500 for anyone who violates the order aiming to protect against damage caused by plastic. So, before you board a ferry heading to the island, check and double-check your bags for any single-use plastics.
Small Changes, Big Environmental Impact
The Isle of Capri is paying attention to the details, which we greatly appreciate. While small plastic bottles will still be allowed to sell mineral water, this practice will be phased out over time. This summer, free water flasks will be handed out to discourage the use of plastic bottles, which will officially be banned by next year.
More good news: Surrounding lands are on board with the ban, too, including Puglia and the Isole Tremiti, an archipelago in the Adriatic Sea.
The Allure of Capri, the Isle of Dreams
For 2,000 years, Capri has beckoned an array of visitors, from Roman emperor Tiberius Caesar to English actress Gracie Fields. It’s no secret why the island attracts so many tourists for a day, week or even longer: It expels a magical and historical ambiance. The beautiful water and city charm welcome passersby for an enchanting experience.
The island’s attractions, including the famous Blue Grotto, the Gardens of Augustus, and the Faraglioni, along with magnificent boat life, ancient cliffs untouched by development, and native plant life keep an influx of visitors well-entertained.
The economy of this little oasis greatly deserves your contribution. Our travel specialists encourage you to either spend the night in Capri or at least dine and dwell a while to experience the city’s vibrancy and romance to the fullest. After all, the island is full of plenty of fantastic restaurants that benefit not only visitors but the local economy.
A day in beautiful Capri can start by boat and lead to a ride in an open-top taxi right into Capri town, where you can explore narrow alleyways, browse exclusive boutiques, and savor the views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. People-watching, strolling, and soaking up the Italian sunshine are all encouraged. As long as you keep away from any single-use plastics.
Grand European Travel is a Part of the Cause
We’re doing our part to go green at Grand European Travel as well. We have a goal to be single-use plastic-free by 2022 across all our offices and operations.
As a proud member of The Travel Corporation, Grand European Travel strongly believes that travel and tourism companies play a vital role in protecting the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites, and communities where we live and visit. As a result of this conviction, The Travel Corporation created The TreadRight Foundation 10 years ago in an effort to ensure our planet remains vibrant and healthy.
“TreadRight’s mission is clear: to have a positive impact on the people and communities we visit, to protect wildlife and marine life, and to care for the planet we call home.”