Recycle and Reduce the Use of Plastic Bottles
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Adventure Travel News brings creative solutions for destinations where clean drinking water is unavailable or in short supply
Every minute, 1 million plastic bottles are purchased around the world. And less than 10 percent of those are recycled, leaving the majority to harm the environment. Drinking water is of utmost importance for securing a safe and unforgettable adventure, but our global dependence on disposable plastic bottles has lead to high costs both for businesses and the planet.
Adventure Travel News gives us a few examples of measures taken by businesses in tourism to prevent environmental pollution.
Nabil Tarazi, the founder and director of EcoHotels, the company that manages the award-winning Feynan Ecolodge hotel in Jordan, removed plastic disposable bottles and clean drinking water is served in clay jugs in each room and is available at the reception and dining room.
These suppliers are proving that even in destinations — like India, Jordan, and Tanzania — where tap water is unsuitable for consumption, single-use plastic bottles are not the only option. If you identify alternatives and make them easily accessible, you can eliminate the temptation to reach for single-use plastic bottles.
In places like the Galapagos where safe, fresh water is unavailable, Stephanie Bonham-Carter, owner of Galapagos Safari Camp, said communication and education are crucial. “We are one of the only hotels that is 100 percent freshwater-sufficient through rain collection systems,” she said. “We talk about this during guest check-in so it sets the tone for use of freshwater in this fragile environment, and they appreciate knowing where the water is coming from. It is simply pointing out the scarcity — and how we handle it — that makes guests aware of the situation, curious, and appreciative.”
Tswalu Kalahari, the largest private game reserve in South Africa no longer provides plastic bottles with water and all guests and staff receive a stainless steel bottle on arrival, which can be refilled from water dispensers in both camps.
Tswalu is not alone; operators and properties around the world including Nomad Tanzania, Pugdundee Safari, Jaya House in Cambodia and Cayuga Collection in Central America - are increasingly offering complimentary reusable bottles and refilling stations to guests.
More examples can be found here.