Use compostable NoTree™ cups made by World Centric, a B Corporation that upholds rigorous standards of social and environmental responsibility and donates 25% of profits to organizations addressing social and environmental issues.
When take away containers are needed, we use compostable potato starch plates
Promote reusable cups and straws by going plastic straw-free and selling stainless steel straws & souvenir cups that passengers can bring back on their next PWF cruise to receive bottomless non-alcoholic beverages
Use Bio-compostable trash bags for waste
Avoid plastic lids for coffee and use wooden stir sticks
Sort and recycle all bottles, cans, plastic and cardboard used
Sell bottles of reef safe sunscreen on board at 40% off retail prices and educate passengers about the harmful impacts from oxybenzone and other sunscreen chemicals
Rent wetsuits, which helps reduce sunscreen use in the water. They are washed with a bio-friendly soap in our own water and energy efficient washing machine. The boats are also cleaned with biodegradable soap
We don’t dump; we pump our vessel waste into a certified management facility
Conduct regular maintenance on our vessels to reduce the use of superfluous products like oil and filters
Our caterers provide reusable plates, silverware and napkins. Most of our catering is also delivered in reusable containers and bins that all get sent back to be used again. We discourage any use of plastic wrap or extra packaging.
Our thoughts go out to all that are being impacted by COVID-19. With a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic, we are meeting regularly to ensure the continuation of programs and services that allow our mission work to continue.
Pacific Whale Foundation’s leadership team is closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.
The role that our organization plays in keeping people connected for the sake of the environment is incredibly important in times like these. If we all take the proper precautions and continue to treat each other with kindness and care, we’ll get through this together.
How is PacWhale Eco-Adventures addressing COVID-19?
-Following guidance from Hawaii State and County officials, PacWhale is suspending Eco Tours and our Retail Store operations from March 20th – April 30th.
- To support our employees, we are offering paid, temporary emergency sick leave, restricting all non-essential business travel, deep cleaning work areas, offering teleworking and flexible work schedules, and continuing to communicate updates and reinforce good hygiene practices.
How is Pacific Whale Foundation addressing COVID-19?
-Spring Break Ocean Camp has been cancelled.
-Keiki Whalewatches are being cancelled for the remainder of the season.
- Our marine research and conservation programs will continue to run without disruption.