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Travelers Against Plastic Celebrates its 4th Anniversary and World Water Day
Travelers against plastic (TAP) is celebrating its 4th anniversary on World Water Day, March 22nd, drawing attention to the negative impacts of disposable plastic water bottles. TAP was founded by Crooked Trails and Wildland Adventures, two Seattle based adventure travel companies. The TAP Campaign’s vision from the start has been to catalyze a global movement resulting in the near-elimination of travelers’ and the tourism industry’s dependence on plastic water bottles.
There are 3 reasons why plastic water bottles need to be eliminated:
1.) Health: chemicals such as antimony (a known endocrine disrupter) are found in PET bottles.
2.) Environment: to make one bottle of plastic water takes 3 bottles of water. In the US alone, making those bottles takes more than 1.5 million barrels of oil every year; that's enough to fuel 100,000 American cars for a year.
3.) Cost: bottled water costs more than gasoline, for a virtually free product.
“Helping travelers avoid the scourge of plastic bottles is one of the foremost obligations we have as tour operators and hoteliers, and one of the easiest things we can do to reduce our environmental impact,” says Kurt Kutay, founder and president of Wildland Adventures.
Since its launch in 2013, TAP has garnered accolades from travelers, the tourism industry and environmentalists. “The response has been very positive. Most operators recognize plastic water bottles are a problem, but few know how to deal with it. TAP is here to educate operators, lodges and travelers alike about how easy it is to avoid disposable plastic water bottles,” says Chris Mackay of Crooked Trails. MacKay has traveled extensively promoting TAP.
“As travelers we can all be part of the solution,” says Costas Christ, Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler. “Do everything you can to stop using disposable plastic water bottles when you travel. Bring your own water filter, buy local drinking water in recyclable glass bottles, and say no to plastic bags when you are shopping in marketplaces. We can help prevent more environmentally damaging and senseless waste from throwaway plastic in the places we love to visit.”
For more information, travelers can visit www.travelersagainstplastic.org to learn more about the issue, help share the initiative among your own communities and sign the pledge.
About Crooked Trails
Crooked Trails is a non-profit, community-based travel organization helping people broaden their understanding of the planet and its diverse cultures through education, community development and responsible travel. Crooked Trails was founded in 1998 to create more environmentally and culturally sensitive travel in areas where the negative impacts of tourism were threatening the cultures and environments of popular tourist destinations or fragile regions. For the past several years, Crooked Trails, in cooperation with other non-governmental organizations, has conducted a series of travel programs in support of the indigenous peoples of Thailand, Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, India and Kenya. www.crookedtrails.org
About Wildland Adventures Rated by National Geographic Adventure as the #1 Best ‘Do-it-all’ Outfitter on Earth, Wildland Adventures has guided travelers through fragile natural and cultural environments for more than 25 years, creating innovative ways to support local people and help protect their culture, environment and communities. Offering more than 130 unique itineraries in 28 countries, on a Wildland adventure vacation there are remarkably few barriers between visitors and local cultures, creating an authenticity in the way people travel and the places they encounter. A sample of destinations offered include Costa Rica, Peru, Patagonia, the Galapagos, Belize, East and Southern Africa, Alaska, Turkey, the Middle East, India and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.wildland.com.