The online tourism agency Responsible Travel has launched a plastic-free travel guide that allows vacationers and travelers to learn how to travel without needlessly using disposable plastics. The directory of holidays and tips is a great help for anyone who is planning a trip but wants to make as little waste as possible while doing so. It’s also a serious call to action to the tour operators to see if they can rise to the challenge of becoming plastic-free.
“Whether you are a holiday maker or a holiday taker, the time has come to say no to plastic. Hashtag it, shout about it but most importantly, stop using it,” the agency writes on its website. Responsible Travel recognized the immense problem that plastics, especially single-use items, have become, and the company is now “aiming to dispose of the disposable.”
The guide includes a database of plastic-free holidays that are guaranteed to have eliminated single-use plastics. As they share, “For a trip to appear in our ‘No single-use plastic’ section you must not find single-use plastic in the room in your accommodation, on transport organized by the tour operator or restaurants included in the itinerary. Same goes for organized activities. Examples of single-use plastic that have been eliminated on these trips include bags, cutlery, plates, wrappers, laundry bags, toiletries and many more.” Right on!
The guide also offers information on how travel companies change their habits to eradicate plastics as well as many tips on how to travel plastic-free and what alternatives to use.
As Responsible Travel writes, the word “plastic” was once associated with the bank card that one used to pay for a holiday, but now “it is associated with costing the earth.” Fortunately, more and more companies like Responsible Travel are starting to recognize the issue and take steps in the direction of solving the environmental disaster that plastic has become.
Every year, we dump a total of 8.8 million tons of plastic in the oceans. The good news is we can all play a small part in overcoming the plastic pollution crisis, a change that must involve pressure from consumers. To find out what are some things you can change in your everyday routine to help the planet, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign.
Image source: rawpixel.com/Pexels