The foundations Save the Med and Ibiza Preservation have been working for several years to reduce the use of single-use plastic in the tourism sector in the Balearic Islands. They have each set up a “zero plastic” certification to commit the hotels and restaurants of the different islands.
The aim of the “Plastic-Free Balearic” project is to pool the work already carried out by the two foundations to establish a more effective certification common to the whole archipelago. A group of experts will be called upon to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing certifications and define common criteria. Different tools such as an application allowing certified businesses to self-assess themselves and an index to assess the environmental relevance of the alternatives available on the islands will be included. A test phase will be carried out within the network of committed businesses of the tourism industry linked to both foundations in order to adjust the new tools according to the results.
At the end of this pilot phase, a guide of good practices and presentation of the certification will be published and distributed. Its aim will be to help businesses of the tourism industry assess their environmental impact, draw up a reduction strategy and implement the certification. Workshops will be organised to present and facilitate the use of these new tools.
The project will be supported by the Balearic municipalities, the Council of Mallorca, the Council of Ibiza and the Regional Ministry for the Environment and Territory of the Balearic Islands Government.