The Reusable Water Bottle Project in Thailand
Kyra Braeunig, an intern at Khiri Travel Thailand, worked on a practical way of reducing our carbon footprint. In this blog post she explains the steps she took to reduce the use of plastic water bottles.
Khiri Travel recently pledged to the project of non-profit organization TAP (Travelers Against Plastic) to spread the idea of travelers using reusable water bottles instead of disposable ones while traveling in Thailand. TAP tries to involve individuals but also tourism organizations and companies. They are asking the companies which join their project to come up with a solution to provide a way of traveling without buying water in disposable bottles.
I was assigned to study this idea and find a way to implement this project for Khiri Travel Thailand. To start, I devised a rough plan. The first step was collecting information on existing projects and guidelines about traveling without disposable bottles. I worked together with the customer relations department as they have the closest contact to our guests. We created a questionnaire to find out whether the guests of Khiri Travel Thailand would like the idea of reusable bottles. We worked together to distribute questionnaires to travelers who were on tour in Bangkok and nearby surroundings. I also enlisted the cooperation of the Khiri branch offices in Chiang Mai and Phuket to give questionnaires to their guests as well.
After evaluating the survey I found out that the majority of the travelers were positive about the idea of reusable metal bottles. Together with the customer relations department, I created a plan how to implement this idea. We had several meetings to ask questions, solve problems and come up with a good plan.
After researching how to find and gather the necessary equipment, such as the metal reusable bottles and the water jugs, we made a briefing session with all the staff members who would be involved in implementing this project such as drivers, the transportation manager and the guides.
The first trial started in mid July and together with the guides and the customer relation’s team, we keep improving this project and are hoping it will become a standardized service for all tours of Khiri Travel. Working together with our travelers ,we can help protect the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.
For more information on the TAP project and working together on this with Khiri Travel, please contact us at [email protected].