Eurostar goes eco
Eurostar has committed to reducing its plastic use by half in the next two years, further highlighting the high-speed train service as a greener way to travel. The train operator has set out a 10-point plan in order to achieve its sustainable targets, including reducing food waste and eventually eliminating paper tickets. The company’s latest eco initiative builds on its Tread Lightly programme that led Eurostar to reduce its carbon emissions by 32% and cut waste by 50% since the programme launched in 2007. Eurostar said that reducing its use of plastic bottles was a “major challenge” but the goal of reducing plastic use was already underway with the ban of plastic straws on board trains and in lounges. Eurostar already promotes itself as a green way to travel between Paris and London and claims that high-speed rail emits 90% less carbon than flying.