The Story of Stuff has just launched a new petition for their campaign against Nestlé Water North America to hold CEO Tim Brown accountable for false claims. The company continues to take millions of gallons of water a year from the National Forest of San Bernardino without a valid permit. After having already announced their intent to review the application for Nestlé’s new five-year permit back in 2016, the Forest Service is now looking into the validity of their original permit. This action inherently would force Nestlé to prove that they have the right to take California’s water. But who decides this right, and by what authority? “First, this is the public’s water – it belongs to every Californian and every American. It is an outrage that Nestlé has been allowed to take billions of gallons of water out of this public forest for the past 30 years, without a…
The State of Georgia will be the first state to proclaim February 15, 2017 as Plastic Pollution Awareness Day. Thanks to the work of Hannah Testa, Hannah4Change, and Georgia Senator Michael Williams the State Capitol will be recognizing next Wednesday as a day to raise awareness for all the plastic waste that we as consumers create as well as take resolution to limit that amount. Hannah4Change, an organization founded by 14-year old Hannah Testa, is passionate about protecting the environment through education and awareness in order to create positive change. Plastic pollution in particular is an issue that they address via online videos, social media, traditional media, and in-person education to all age groups. “We'd like everyone to commit to at least one way they plan to reduce their plastic footprint,” the event posting encourages. Reusable bags and water bottles are suggested for consumers while they urge restaurants to skip…
A special screening and discussion of the documentary Tapped will be hosted by TAP and Western Washington University’s Environmental and Sustainability Program on Thursday, March 2nd at 7pm. This event will be free to students and only $2 for the public! If you’re in the Bellingham area, come stop by and join in the conversation about the bottled-water industry and its effect on the environment. We will also be taking TAP pledges to travel more consciously and sustainably by being prepared to clean your own water. Take the pledge and be entered into our raffle for the chance to win one of TAP’s praised Liberty bottles! We are very excited for the chance to bring together students who are passionate about this cause. Location:Western Washington UniversityViking Union 552516 High Street, Bellingham WA 98225 TAPPED Trailer: Hope to see you there, TAP Crew
I’d like to proudly introduce Cody Chapin as our newest TAP volunteer! Cody has dedicated much of his career to environmental sustainability, public policy, and education and comes to us with a masters in conservation from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Cody grew up far from the ocean on a ranch in East Texas, but made his dream of becoming a marine biologist a reality. As an undergraduate student, Cody spent six months interning with a dive shop in Cozumel, Mexico. It was there that he began to gain an interest in ethical tourism. “Over the short time I was there, I noticed many local artists, musicians, and craftspeople were beginning to disappear from the island’s popular waterfront areas. It turns out that they were being displaced to make way for a huge commercial tourism development and cruise ship terminal. This is an island, I thought. Where are these…
Fourteen volunteers from the University of Michigan Engineering Program recently took the TAP challenge! They are currently volunteering with EKARI Foundation in the southern region of Malawi, Africa providing free small group tutoring in math and science to youth in need of support prior to the youths' high school final examinations.  EKARI Foundation is a community based nonprofit organization that focuses on youth education, adult literacy, and economic community development. The EKARI Foundation has a strict policy that all of their volunteers in Malawi use water filtration devices in lieu of plastic water bottles. The U of M volunteers are happily using their SteriPENs! Keep traveling smart and responsibly, Michelle Bradley 
Join TAP Co-Founder Chris MacKay along with Ron Mader (planeta.com) and Deborah McLaren, Founder of Local Flavor and alternative travel writer “Rethinking Tourism and Ecotravel" for a Google Hangout discussions on The Big Picture of Responsible, Local Travel in the USA Friday, May 8 (10-11am PST) . The Hangout will cover:•How can we improve tourism in the USA?•How can we develop a Who's Who in Responsible, Local Travel in the US?•Do we need a new association / working group / network?•What does 'Local Travel' mean in the USA?•What does 'Responsible Travel' mean in the USA?•What is happening around the world and how might the US effort support or compliment that?•Suggestions for building a responsible, local travel network or organization in the US?•Which city and state tourism boards explicitly feature 'responsible travel' on their websites?  Join the Hangout May 8 at 10 AM PST With love, TAP Crew WEEK 2Spotlight on Food and Cultivating A…
Travelers against Plastic (aka TAP) celebrated its 2nd year by honoring World Water Day on the 22nd at The Adventure HUB in Seattle. The event was in conjunction with ATTA Connect and hosted by Crooked Trails, Wildland Adventures and Evergreen Escapes (three Seattle based tour organizations). We had just over 25 people there mostly representing local operators and companies like REI.  So what are we celebrating? It’s been an exciting year at TAP. We have garnered a great deal of attention for our efforts to eliminate disposable plastic water bottles from the world of travel. 495 individuals have signed the pledge to start carrying their own reusable containers and clean their own water while abroad. We have also had 130 operators from a variety of countries as far away as Russia, Venezuela, Namibia, Nepal, Chile, Indonesia and Peru. The list goes on. Our Facebook page has reached over 1000 likes. It’s been inspiring to receive stories from operators around the world as they…
What an incredible honor to receive one of this year's Sustainable Seattle's Resource Impact Awards. As Paul Shoemaker (MC and Founding President of Social Venture Partners International) put it, Seattle went 'Beast-Mode' on sustainability in 2014. This made it very difficult for judges to select just one winner in several of the categories, something unheard of in past years. We would like to congratulate each of this year’s nominees and winners, as well as say thank you to Sustainable Seattle for recognizing TAP and all of the hard work we have put in to helping end the use of disposable plastic bottles in the tourism industry. Shoemaker made several Seahawk metaphors throughout the night, one specifically to introduce the Resource Impact nominees. He remarked that this category is analogous to the 110 'yards after contact' made by Marshawn Lynch in the NFC Championship. The work we do to tackle such…
We recently got this thoughtful and candid email from one of the companies preparing to make the TAP pledge, which we’d like to share as it illustrates some very common conceived roadblocks about taking part in the Travelers Against Plastic Campaign. “Our situation here is slightly complicated. It would be very easy for me to put your label on our website but for the time being I will not do that. We simply can't comply with this at the moment. Many companies have made the pledge but I am very doubtful that that is genuine. There is no easy solution to this problem. Most of our trips go to mountainous areas and stay overnight at rather primitive tribal villages. There are no places where you can refill a bottle with safe drinking water. Villagers sell bottled water and make money on this. They also make money by recycling empty bottles.…
Trash is an enormous problem throughout the department in Cusco. Although the average Cusqueñan likely produces far less waste than then the average international visitor in their home country, the infrastructure for the collection and disposal of waste and recycling is severely limited. In cities, trash collection trucks pass through accessible areas 1-2 times per week. However, in more remote communities or areas without vehicle access, disposing of your waste can be challenging. Public garbage cans and other methods of disposal are few and far between, and recycling services are often difficult to locate and available for only a small range of materials. For these reasons, it is not uncommon at all to encounter trash strewn along the road, in ravines, and in empty lots. To visitors, litter can produce reactions of surprise and dismay, particularly along otherwise pristine and scenic trek routes. What is often not understood is that…
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