Reducing plastic waste at source

The Problem

Single-use plastics took centre stage in the environmental debate last year, thanks to the likes of Blue Planet II and a swathe of online videos that went viral showing the sheer volume ending up in our oceans.

The world is getting smaller and the problem is getting bigger; an estimated 50 billion plastic bottles end up in landfill or the oceans every year. We have all contributed to the problem and we are all responsible for doing something about it.

1 recycled tin can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours

1 recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a lightbulb for 3 hours

1 recycled glass bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 mins

Our Solution

We could do what most companies do and ask volunteers to buy their own reusable bottles for their trip, whilst claiming to be committed to reducing plastic use. However, we don’t think that goes far enough, which is why from 1st January 2019, every volunteer on our trips will be given a water filter bottle before they travel to use during their trip.

Water-to-Go bottle

The bottle comes with an integrated filter system that kills 99.9% of bacteria, meaning water that would not usually be suitable for drinking is clean and safe.  So, whether it’s filling up at your accommodation, your project or on the road, there is no need to buy a single-use plastic bottle on our trips.

This saves volunteers’ money being spent on bottled water and tonnes (literally) of plastic being wasted. In fact, we estimate this will avoid using 50,000 plastic bottles in 2019 alone.