Lindblad Expeditions has become the first self-disinfecting fleet in the cruise industry. In keeping with its legacy of sustainability and protecting the places the company explores, Lindblad Expeditions has revealed it is now implementing Premium Purity fleetwide, a cleaning system which creates a cleaner, healthier ship while drastically reducing the impact on the environment.
The new system called ACT CleanCoat is a photocatalytic process that works when illuminated, breaking down unwanted microbes such as bacteria, viruses, mold, and airborne allergens. It can be applied to all surfaces which become self-disinfecting after application.
Created by ACT.Global A/S, a Copenhagen-based company, the antibacterial spray is transparent, odourless, and activated by light, and protects a room like an invisible insulation – plus purifies and deodorises the air for up to one year.
Chemical free, the product uses the ACT ECA water system, created by electrolysis of salt and water, to clean the rooms which is completely harmless to guests, staff and the environment.
“As the oldest and most experienced expedition travel company in the world, we go to some of the most pristine places on the planet. We are very conscious of the waste we produce, and how the cleanliness of our ship and protection of our guests onboard is vital to a healthy environment,” said Bruce Tschampel, Vice President, Hotel Operations for Lindblad Expeditions.
“Our ships are truly pristine and healthy, and we already have measurable results to prove it from our initial pilot program on one ship. We reduced guest reported illness by 50%; eliminated over 1,000 plastic bottles of cleaning products; and dramatically reduced water usage by over 4 million litres per year. The crew is raving about how much healthier the ship is and how effective it is to use this solution,” he continued.
The fleetwide rollout is another step in Lindblad’s commitment toward defining travel industry standards for sustainability and environmentally responsible operations. In 2019 Lindblad Expeditions become a carbon-neutral company, offsetting 100% of emissions from their ships, all land-based operations, employee travel, offices in New York and Seattle, and other contributors. They successfully eliminated guest-facing single-use plastics fleetwide in 2018 and have operated a sustainable seafood program aboard the fleet for many years.
Other related sustainability initiatives include building new ships that reduce emissions while increasing efficiency; mandating supply chain solutions to eliminate plastic; sourcing and serving local, organic produce and making crew uniforms from recycled plastic.