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 discuss their challenges and successes with regards to making the switch to being more sustainable and getting rid of the plastic.
TAP has also made a switch; from Kleen Kanteen to Liberty Bottles. Liberty Bottles was featured at the event with Stacie Able from Liberty sharing the process they use to make bottles. We have the brand new TAP bottles just off the press this week and they look great! Why did we switch? The main reason is that we wanted to really walk the walk when it came to sustainability and Liberty is made in a no waste facility. They even have a strong partnership with UPS to reduce their carbon foot print when shipping. We also love the idea of supporting bottles that are made in the US (all other steel and aluminum bottles are made in China). The paint and graphics are gorgeous with unlimited colors and designs.
Evergreen Escapes Babs talked to the group about their efforts at going green and eliminating plastics. She talked about how some clients think that drinking from a used water bottle is disgusting. But she said, she explains it like this “Well the wine glass you are drinking from was also used before like all the water and wine glasses you have used in restaurants. We clean them the same way.” They also work hard to help clients understand their environmental ethics, which is usually enough.
Be sure to take the TAP pledge and keep the planet green when you travel.