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.
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.