Major GTR retailers back Travel Blue’s accessories sustainability drive

By Kristiane Sherry |

Travel Blue is celebrating the success of its Our Blue Way programme which has been adopted by a number of retailers, including King Power Thailand. VP Denny Hui pictured (L) with Daniel Levin.

Eight of the 10 largest travel retail and duty free operators have backed Travel Blue’s Our Blue Way sustainability initiative, the travel accessories brand has said.

Launched earlier this year, Our Blue Way is a commitment that at least 50% of the firm’s products sold in 2023 will be made from recycled or recyclable material. Travel Blue will increase this proportion as technology develops.

Eight travel retailers are now stocking the brand’s sustainable pillows, which feature a cover made with 94% recycled materials and 100% recyclable foam, presented in 100% recycled packaging.

Travel Blue is seen as a leader in recycling and sustainability, and 25 years ago became the first company in the sector to introduce recycled cardboard packaging. It also claims to be the first to adopt soy-based ink.

The business is committed to making its range more sustainable as quickly as possible, while absorbing additional costs.

“Our Blue Way was welcomed with open arms from day one by our retail partners,” said Daniel Levin, Travel Blue Group Managing Director.

“We have been delighted by our customers’ response and the immediate support for the initiative. 

“Our Blue Way received a great reception at TFWA APAC [Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference], a great opportunity to engage our customers with individual products, discuss our overall mission and the global importance of Our Blue Way.” 

‘Forward thinking’ approach

Travel Blue’s Pradeep Parmar (L) with DDF’s Cidambi.

Denny Hui, King Power Thailand Senior Vice President, added: “We are long-term business partners with Travel Blue Group and fully support this forward-thinking sustainability initiative.”

Ramesh Cidambi, Dubai Duty Free Chief Operating Officer, commented: “We have worked with Travel Blue Group for many years and are delighted to be able to provide consumers with a market-leading range of sustainable products.”

Levin continued: “Our core values are innovation, sustainability and social responsibility. 

“Today’s travellers focus on environmental responsibility and make informed purchasing decisions.

“We want to support them without increasing prices, therefore ensuring our customers’ continued business success.

“Supported by our amazing team, we will drive the business forward, offering consumers innovative products that fulfil their needs, whilst giving operators an enormous opportunity to embrace a sustainable future.”

Last month, Levin told TRBusiness how Travel Blue is innovating quickly to fulfil accelerating consumer demand as travel resumes.

International

NOW LIVE: January ezine + landmark Annual Survey

The TRBusiness January 2024 ezine, containing the flagship Global Industry Survey, is now...

International

Harding+ announces departure of Chief Brand and Culture Officer Sue Gosling

Harding+ Chief Brand and Culture Officer Sue Gosling has stood down from her...

International

Global Travel Retail Awards 2024: Entries now open!

TRBusiness is delighted to announce that entries to the consumer-voted Global Travel Retail...

image description

In the Magazine

TRBusiness Magazine is free to access. Read the latest issue now.

E-mail this link to a friend