Ear: Plastic

Astoria has become a hot spot stop for cruise ships (possibly 35 this year), with their thousands of passengers. But one can't help but wonder: What on earth do they do with all that garbage? 

Well, in a big step in the right direction to reduce plastic waste, Norwegian Cruise Lines has eliminated single-use plastic bottles across its 17-ship fleet (single-use straws are already gone), MaritimeExecutive.com reports (bit.ly/nomoplastic). The Norwegian Encore is pictured, courtesy of ncl.com

The cruise line has partnered with JUST Goods Inc. (justwater.com), which makes paper carton-packed water (pictured). The carton is made of 82 percent renewable materials and is refillable and recyclable.

Also this year — continuing to set a good example — Norwegian plans to get rid of single-use plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles. Godt jobbet!

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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