A typical -- if mammoth -- cruise ship produces an awful lot of waste, and no one has more power to clean up the industry's waste than the passengers on board.
Here's a look at the waste generated by a 3,000-passenger cruise ship, according to the Chronicle:
While laws and voluntary measures have resulted in a great deal of progress over the past two decades, there's still more to be done to clean up "floating suburbs," as Jim Ayers, vice president of Oceana calls cruise ships.
He told the Chronicle that passengers have the greatest power to inspire change in the industry.
So if you're taking a cruise, ask questions about each category of waste above. Choose an operator that is more responsive to concerns, and prod them to take additional steps. If they know it's important to their customers -- and lots of customers -- the changes will come more swiftly.
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