British holidaymakers are being encouraged to take plastic-free package holidays in Tunisia this year after the two countries signed an agreement on cutting tourist waste.
Tourists will be banned from using disposable plastic cups and cutlery in hotels by the end of March, while plastic drinking straws were phased out at the end of the year.
Other measures under the new sustainable tourism charter include tour operators supporting recycling at hotels and encouraging Britons to buy goods from local artisans.
According to the environmental organization WWF, nearly 600,000 tons of plastic is dumped into the Mediterranean Sea every year, with a significant proportion coming from tourist beaches.
For Tunisia alone this is estimated to cost £15.1m a year in tourism, fishing and navigation.
Tunisian hotels will be encouraged to attain a Global Sustainable Tourism certificate by the end of this year.
The charter was signed by the British Embassy, Tunisian Tourism Minister René Trabelsi and the tour operators’ association ABTA in the popular resort of Hammamet at the end of last year.