A plastic free (or at least minimised) holiday!
Yay to the Queensland government for recognizing the effects of plastic waste on our environment, and particularly the marine environment. Did you know that in Queensland alone, around 16 million plastic shopping bags end up in the environment each year, this is equivalent in weight to 96 small cars.
Many of these bags end up being washed or blown into our waterways causing a threat to our marine environment, endangering animals such as birds and turtles who become entangled in them or mistake them for food and resulting in increased pollution on our beautiful beaches and waterways.
As a result, the Queensland government has taken a stand to help us all to reduce the amount of plastic waste we produce here in the sunshine state. From the 1st July 2018, you will no longer see single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags being distributed by Queensland retailers. The government has also announced a container refund scheme to come into effect on Nov 1. As part of the scheme, you can receive a refund for most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L. For further info, you can visit the Queensland government site.
Can you think of a time you’ve been on holidays and seen rubbish on beaches, in the water and other natural areas? In our daily lives we can all work towards minimising our plastic waste, but what about when we go on holidays? It takes a little extra time and effort but by thinking and planning ahead you can reduce your plastic usage in your home away from home and help preserve the beautiful destination you have come to visit. Here are some handy tips to help you reduce your plastic usage when travelling:
- Bring a reusable drink bottle. You can take this on the plane. Empty before passing through security and refill before you board the plane. The flight attendants can assist you with a refill on board your flight.
- Bring your own keep-cup for your morning latte, you’ll find most cafes will be only too happy to make your coffee in a reusable coffee cup.
- Bring a spork or other reusable cutlery and keep in your day bag for on the run meals – and refuse the plastic cutlery.
- Say no to plastic straws. Use paper or reusable metal straws.
- Bring your own reusable shopping bags, you can get ones that fold down into tiny little bags you can keep in the pocket of your handbag ready for when you need.
- Bring your own toiletries and don’t use the hotel products. If you keep them tidy with seals maintained, the hotel will not need to restock.
- Take your own headphones on the flight. Reducing the amount of disposable headphones the airline needs to replace.
- Minimise use of individual serve condiments where possible, most takeaway shops will have small packaged individual serve condiments as well as larger communal bottles. Opt for self-serve from the larger bottles and refuse the plastic soy sauce fish.
- Ask for your takeaway to be wrapped in a paper napkin rather than a plastic container and say no to a bag.
- If you see some litter and its safe to do so, pick it up and put it in the bin.
Plastic-free travel is not impossible. With some extra preparation pre-departure and forward thinking post arrival, you can enjoy your holiday and reduce your plastic footprint on the destination you have chosen to visit.
Here at Paradise Jet Boating, we can help you reduce plastic consumption by not providing plastic bags for your souvenirs and when using the coffee machine we recommend you opt out of the plastic lid, or even better, bring your keep cup with you.