How to get closer to no plastic travel
Following up on my call for a more sustainable tourism industry, today I want to share some exciting news that will get us on our way towards no plastic travel. Let’s remember that we don’t have to be completely plastic free over night, but every little bit helps. And do what we can against single-use plastics.
Hotels eliminating single-use plastics in hotel rooms
I was delighted to read last month that there are several international hotel chains who have committed to reducing or eliminating single-use plastics in their hotels. Across brands and tiers, from budget to luxury. Having worked in the housekeeping department of luxury hotels before I can tell you it’s a shocking number of tiny plastic bottles that go to waste every day.
So, kudos to Accor and Hilton for their efforts in solving this problem. If they can do it, so can everyone else. Conscious individual travelers have long found alternatives to plastic toiletry bottles. And now the industry is joining in big!
No plastic travel bottles
I’m just going to assume if you travel, you already own a reusable water bottle. If you don’t, get one. There is no excuse. But what I only found out this week is that there are several organizations worldwide dedicated to spreading the word about where to refill them with tab water! Did you know they exist?
So, in Canada for example, there is BlueW which maps for you, where the fountains are that offer free water. I checked along one of the routes from tours I guided last year and indeed it lists public libraries etc in each town where I can now send travelers to get water. I am loving this!
What other cool ideas have you heard that reduce plastic waste while traveling? Let’s talk about our journey to no plastic travel! Comment below!