Khiri Travel Invites You to Join ‘Refill My Bottle’ Campaign

April 19, 2018 by | Filed Under: Responsible Tourism, Sustainability

As part of our on-going efforts to encourage our partners and suppliers to be more sustainable and responsible, we would like to invite you to join this initiative that tackles UN’s SDGs number #6 and #12.  The #RefillMyBottle application is 100% FREE to join and will benefit your business in many ways, as well as have a positive impact on the environment. You can help reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles and help tourists and locals access clean drinking water. It’s simple, and promotes your business, while demonstrating you are taking important steps to become more responsible too.

“Tourism can play a critical role in achieving water access and security, as well as hygiene and sanitation for all. The efficient use of water in the tourism sector, coupled with appropriate safety measures, wastewater management, pollution control and technology efficiency can be key to safeguarding our most precious resource.” – UNWTO 2015, Goal 6 ABSTRACT.

This very idealistic statement by the World Tourism Organization emphasizes what could and should be the case.

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However, tourists in many areas actually contribute to water scarcity and inequity, through the appropriation of public water supplies, over exploitation of aquifers, lowering of groundwater tables, and contamination of freshwater by saltwater and sewage.

This leads to conflict and resentment among local people, and threatens the sustainability of tourism, which in turn further damages the economy of the places being visited.

To be sustainable, tourism to countries or areas with water supply problems needs to be carefully managed in a way that improves local conditions rather than adds more problems, e.g. plastic bottles, single use disposable water cups and straws.

Asking people to stop buying bottled water is easier said than done! In most European, Scandinavian or Western countries, this demand is not too hard, as clean drinkable tap water is accessible to most people, all the time. Sadly the majority of countries across the SEA Pacific, The Middle East, Africa and many more, do not have access to water or to running water – let alone to clean drinking water!

Those that do have access to water, usually need to boil it to clean it (if they can afford gas or fire), also resulting in more C02 emissions. If it is not easy for local populations to access clean tap water then it will never be easy for tourists either.

Surely you have all heard of or been involved with initiatives to stop the need for single-use disposable water bottles.

To name a few…

  • Refill Not Landfill
  • Ban the Bottle
  • Plastic Pollution Coalition
  • T.O.P.

REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLES AND WATER ACCESS – PROS AND CONS

Current problems:

  • Refillable bottles are often made from aluminum or hard plastic, they get dumped or left behind and are not reprocessed properly, adding to the amounting problem of single use plastic bottles that are not recycled.
  • People are concerned about dirty water filters, unknown water sources and suppliers or do not know where they can refill their bottles.
  • Filters are often expensive, need electricity and running water supply, the filters need to be replaced on a regular basis, they can be expensive to set up and maintain.

In order for refillable bottle initiatives to actually work as a positive solution a few points must be considered:

RefillMyBottle presentation

  • Clean Water Refill Stations
  • Access for both locals and tourists
  • In-expensive or free
  • Easy to find and locate 

 

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A WIN-WIN SOLUTION

  • Reduce single use plastic bottles
  • Encourage refillable bottle use
  • Provide locations to refill water
  • Clean affordable water filter solutions
  • Permanent and mobile refill stations
  • Engage and educate communities
  • Accessible for tourists and local people
  • Reduce C02 emissions
  • Save money

REWARD BUSINESSES WHO ENGAGE IN RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

There are many water filters out there but most are either too expensive, heavy, not portable, breakable, need constant replacement, need an electrical supply, etc.

After months of research Nazava Filters seem to offer the best affordable, practical and easiest solution to provide clean, healthy and accessible water for both tourists and local people. These filters can even be used in the back of vehicles or along Trekking routes!

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Please contact Jeroen van Overbeek Founder of Social Impakt contact@social-impakt.com /+62 812 36772842/ www.social-impakt.com/home

For more information contact us at contact@khirireach.org or sign up at www.refillmybottle.com