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Resort Hotels' Extra Responsibility For Plastic Waste In The Sea

For areas like the Mediterranean basin, tourism is huge business. But it's also an inordinate source of plastic pollution.

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Ingrid Brunner

MUNICH — We've all seen the pictures: plastic bottles, cotton swabs and plastic bags floating in the water; cigarette butts, tampons and fast food packaging lying on the sand. These kinds of disposable items make up the majority of the rubbish found on beaches, and it's not a pretty sight. Who wants to go for a swim with plastic bags floating all around, or lie out in the sun surrounded by rubbish?

"Outdoor enthusiasts and nature-loving holidaymakers want to see a plastic-free environment. Our guests are very sensitive to rubbish," says Eva Machill-Linnenberg from the German tour company Wikinger Reisen.

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