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?
Founded by the Executive Directors of two US based sustainable travel organizations; Crooked Trails and Wildland Adventures, the TAP team is a group of committed travellers who believe that we can make a positive impact every time we travel.
Chris MacKay | Co-Founder
For over 15 years we have required our clients at Crooked Trails to clean their own water while traveling. We thought it would be a great idea to get other tour operators on board so we started TAP. In many ways my role was, and is, chief spokesperson and cheerleader. I am creating partnerships in an attempt to ensure that when people travel they know how easy, safe and cheap it is to clean their own water.
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.
Jonathan Burnham | Key Supporter
Marketing Director for Wildland Adventures, dedicated to promoting responsible travel, Jonathan uses his own travel experiences, photography, blogs and social media to help inspire others. Motivated to join TAP after seeing first hand the damage plastic causes around the world. It blows my mind to be literally in the middle of nowhere and still find trash. Using a reusable water bottle should be common sense and I want to encourage people to not only travel more responsibly, but also live more responsibly.
Angela Broderick | Co-Founder
Managing Director at Crooked Trails, Angela gets the fame for naming TAP and won't go anywhere without her bottle. Angela is passionate about cultural preservation and sustainable travel, movements that she feels are crucial for our time. She blogs about sustainable travel at Travel with a Purpose.
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.
Adrian Taylor | Advisor
UK based traveller and photographer with a passion to drive positive change towards more sustainable travel. It always pains me when I visit wonderful places and communities and see the waste of natural resources and destruction of habitats that is so abundant, often as a direct result of our own presence as a visitor in that land. Many travellers are in a position to understand why such waste is bad but often aren’t aware of alternatives. I have joined TAP to help equip the massive army of travellers with tools and resources to head off on travels without single-use plastics and to find ways for the travel industry itself to fundamentally change its ethos.
Kurt Kutay | Key Supporter
The founding President and CEO of Wildland Adventures and the director of the non-profit Travelers Conservation Trust. He has traveled and guided throughout the world since 1975. Kurt completed an M.S. Degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan after conducting research in the National Parks of Costa Rica. Kurt has always had a passion for encouraging travelers to travel more responsibly and brings that long time passion and support to TAP.