Plastic waste is staggeringly increasing all over the world. Statistics show how plastic pollution is harming the environment through toxic compounds. A study by the World Economic Forum predicts that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.
In order to reduce plastic pollution, we need effective solutions. As TripLegend, we believe that this has to be one of the top priorities of the tourism industry.
In recent years, tourism companies have been working efficiently to reduce their environmental impact. However, as statistics show, there is more to be done to have a plastic-free environment. The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative states that “much of the plastic used in tourism is made to be thrown away and often can’t be recycled, leading to large amounts of pollution.”
In order to change this and create an eco-friendly tourism environment, the initiative aims to bring together the tourism sector and calls for action. Their mission is to show how tourism can be part of the solution to end the plastic pollution in the world. The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative believes that “taking serious action in a coordinated manner on plastic pollution” is crucial to preserve the environment and all the destinations that are worth visiting.
But what can travelers do to create a plastic-free environment that is worth living in? The fact that many tourist destinations do not have proper systems of recycling makes it difficult for travelers to recycle their plastics. That’s why we always advise our travelers to use reusable water bottles and bags during their trips.
Turning Trash into Treasure: Amsterdam’s Action Against Plastic Pollution
Would you believe us if we tell you that just by joining one of Plastic Whale’s boat rides over Amsterdam canals, you can have a positive impact on the environment? With Plastic’s Whale’s plastic fishing trip through the Amsterdam canals, you can join thousands of people cleaning the canal from plastic waste.
Plastic Whale is the first professional plastic fishing company in the world. The company’s main aim is to show people that “economic value can be created from plastic waste, involving as many people and businesses as possible.” Each year Plastic Whale is accompanied by thousands of people who want to participate in a plastic fishing activity. This has now become a movement in the city with a mission to end plastic pollution. With their motto “Stop Talking. Let’s start doing”, Plastic Whale aims to create awareness on the plastic problem in the world and call people for action.
Currently based in Amsterdam, Plastic Whale plans to work especially in developing countries in the future. Last year, the company helped 17.978 people go plastic fishing and rescued 40.500 plastic bottles to be transformed into amazing products which they call “trash turned into treasure.”
If you also like to reduce the plastic pollution and waste in the world while getting to see a different side of Amsterdam that is local and intimate, we recommend you to check out Plastic Whale’s plastic fishing trips.
What TripLegend does against plastic pollution
We as TripLegend actively try to fight against plastic pollution by reducing our consumption in the first place and by organizing plastic cleanups with our team. We know that this is only a small step, but also small steps matter in the fight against this worldwide problem. Follow us on Instagram to learn more about our activities against plastic pollution & our next cleanups. If you want to learn more about the impact on plastic on our environment and especially on our oceans, we can strongly recommend you the documentary A Plastic Ocean.