G Adventures is introducing a scheme to the trade and its customers to reduce single-use plastics.

The Plastics Partnership Project aims to educate its staff, travellers and suppliers on ways to minimise use of single-use plastics.

The operator aims to offer safe drinking water at 80% of its accommodation providers by January 2020 so refillable water bottles can be used where possible.

Other initiatives include avoiding plastic straws, using reusable cutlery and bringing your own toiletries and using soap bars.

UK managing director Brian Young revealed the news at the operator’s G Stock Live event on Monday.

Young said: “There are 350 million tonnes of plastic produced yearly, half of which is single-use and eight million tonnes of it ends up in the ocean.

“We need everyone to get involved and we need people to take reusable water bottles when travelling and use no single-use plastic when on tour.”

Young also revealed an update on the operator’s ’50 in 5′ initiative to launch 50 social enterprise community projects in five years which has grown to 85.

The company is now aiming to have 100 projects by 2020.