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To quote Greta Thunberg, no one is too small to make a difference. Actions we take while on holiday can seem negligible, but add them up and they make a huge impact. Travel can be a force for good, despite your carbon footprint. The choices made while on a trip can have far- reaching impact on the world around us. From using less plastic to making sure money reaches local communities, here are a host of ways your clients can make their travels more sustainable once they’re on tour.


AVOID PLASTIC The statistics are mind-boggling. Each year, the world produces 480 billion plastic bottles, 16 billion disposable coffee cups and one trillion single-use plastic bags, which end up clogging our oceans, littering beauty spots and harming wildlife. It’s simple for all of us to do our bit, even on holiday, by


taking a refillable water bottle, a reusable coffee cup and canvas carrier bags. Say no to plastic straws, either by bringing a steel or bamboo alternative, or doing without one. Airports and hotels increasingly feature water fountains, and if clients are off to a destination where tap water isn’t potable, they could invest in a purifying water bottle. Companies including Kuoni and Explore offer clients discounts on bottles from Water-to-Go, which uses a filtration system that eliminates over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants including viruses, bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals from any non-salt water source. Individual toiletries in small plastic bottles are wasteful


too, and although many hotels are choosing to switch to standard-size versions that aren’t disposable, it can be a good idea for clients to bring their own to avoid waste. Best of all, invest in solid shampoo and conditioner bars – they’re lighter to carry and avoid plastic waste entirely.


GO LOCAL Clients can make travel vastly more sustainable by choices that allow money to trickle down to local people, distributing wealth across communities rather than concentrating it in the pockets of a few large multinational companies. The use of local guides and locally owned hotels is in the


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