The Travel Corporation said it is immediately banning the use of many single-use plastic items at its 40 offices worldwide, and will phase them out across all operations.

The Travel Corporation owns Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Red Carnation Hotels and several tour operators, including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Brendan Vacations.

The company said it has eliminated straws, stir sticks, water bottles, plastic bags and plastic cutlery at its offices, and that Red Carnation and Uniworld already have eliminated the purchase of all plastic straws from their 17 hotels and 20 ships.

"We are absolutely committed to doing our part to eliminate avoidable plastic waste and making a positive impact in the communities that we live in and visit," said Travel Corporation CEO Brett Tollman. "We hope this sets a meaningful example to other businesses to join the movement in working to stop the scourge of plastics on a global scale."

The Travel Corporation is phasing out plastic items under the guidance of its nonprofit organization, TreadRight Foundation.

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