Launched in 2018, the organisation Travel Without Plastic works with hotels and other tourism businesses looking to reduce plastic in their supply chains or go plastic-free. I spoke with their founder, Jo Hendrickx.
What difference does tourism make to our daily lives? We create memories and enable people to rest and unwind. These are important things, but of themselves, but can we do more. Can we help the visitors who come to our hotels and on our tours live better when they get back home?
One day a major tourism company will rise to the challenge and announce, not that it is banning straws or riding on elephants, but committing to become “Restorative and Regenerative by design”. I just hope we don’t have to wait too long.
A couple of exciting new stories about two upcoming hotels suggest the travel industry is beginning to wake up to the potential of the circular economy for tourism.
We need a combination of fair pricing, support for more sustainable alternatives, and widespread use of offsetting
If we don’t look for ways to reuse this vast wealth of content to redesign our industry, then we are treating it as disposable waste rather than seeing how we can factor the information back in.
Earlier this month, representatives of all sectors of the US snowsports industry sent a letter to the White House – calling for strong climate action in Paris.
That tourism uses a lot of water is hardly news. Daily fresh towels. Infinity swimming pools. Golf courses surrounded by desert. The endless irrigation of hotel grounds to keep them
Tourism has to stop seeing its environmental goal as simply taking less resources. Instead it must develop a role that is restorative. The aim should not be to take less, but rather to create more.
It’s time to stop seeing waste as just another environmental problem to be disposed off. We need to see it as a resource to be utlised.