About Travelers Against Plastic

TAP is an outreach initiative which aims to educate global travelers about the harmful impacts of using disposable plastic water bottles and therefore encourage travelers to be prepared to clean their own drinking water. Our vision is to catalyze a self-sustaining global movement resulting it the near-elimination of travelers’ dependence on disposable plastic water bottles.

Why use alternatives to disposable plastic water bottles?

The use of disposable plastic bottles while traveling is: hard on the environment, hard on the communities left with the garbage, it’s expensive, and it can often be unhealthy. No traveler wants to leave a trail of plastic water bottles behind them, but many don’t know how to avoid it.

The solution is easy:

Carry a reusable water bottle and a method to clean the water. Help avoid the waste of hundreds of millions of plastic bottles each year. 

Who are we?

The TAP campaign is managed collaboratively between SEE Turtles, a sea turtle conservation nonprofit, and Crooked Trails, a nonprofit that works to ensure that tourism is a positive force in the world. Travelers Against Plastic works with travelers and the tourism industry to encourage the reduction of single use plastic while traveling. TAP was originally founded by the Chris MacKay, the former executive director of Crooked Trails, and Kurt Kutay, former owner of Wildland Adventures

Brad Nahill | SEE Turtles President

Brad co-founded SEE Turtles in 2008 and has worked in sea turtle conservation, ecotourism, and environmental education for 20 years. For these efforts, Brad received the prestigious Changemakers Award from the World Travel and Tourism Council in 2019 on behalf of SEE Turtles. He is a National Geographic Explorer, was awarded the President’s Award for his work as the chair of the Awards Committee of the International Sea Turtle Society, and has co-authored two books on turtle conservation and ecotourism. Brad has a BS in Environmental Economics from Penn State University and has taught ecotourism at Mount Hood Community College. He has been director of SEE Turtles since its founding and became President after the organization became an independent non-profit organization in 2016. He is also a member of the board of directors of Crooked Trails.

Luis Calvo | Director of Communications & Web Design

I started working in adventure tourism in my home country Panama in 2001. Since then my love for nature has only kept growing as the years gone by. I’m deeply grateful to be able to spend plenty of time outdoors. Unfortunately I also get to see the negative impact our civilization is having on the environment. Therefore the importance for each of us to do something about it. Reusable water bottles and bags, both while traveling and at home, it’s as easy as it gets.

Tammy Leland | Co-Founder & Advisor

A passionate traveler who has spent more than 20 years exploring the world. An outdoor enthusiast who enjoys climbing at high altitudes, Tammy initially began traveling the world as she sought out enticing peaks, visiting remote areas and living with mountain people. Over the course of her adventures, she learned fluent Spanish and discovered the joys of world music and connecting with local communities.

Dan Moore | Supporter

Dan Moore is the CEO of the travel-industry consultancy, Pandion. An educator since the 90’s and an entrepreneur most of his life, Dan was instrumental in the formation and rapid growth of the travel company EverGreen Escapes, based in Seattle Washington. Dan has participated in 6 Adventure Travel World Summits, learning best practices and industry trends from travel industry leaders from around the globe, and has attended numerous travel trade shows. He brings this big picture, and industry-wide perspective to his clients.

TAP SPONSORS

Committed to developing new processes in design and fabrication that will make our products last longer and consume less waste.

Grayl allows anyone, anywhere, to drink from hotel sinks, beachside taco stands, public bathrooms and spigots, as well as rivers and lakes.

Family owned, award-winning beer handcrafted in Leavenworth, WA. Bringing people together through great beer and food experiences.

Ecological sneakers made with natural and sustainable materials. Created on the principles of circular economy. Proudly made in Italy.

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