Better Places Travel Supports RefillMyBottle Development
Travel can make the world more beautiful; for travellers and for the local population.
Better Places Travel International has contributed to the development fund of RefillMyBottle, a BookGreener initiative that helps reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles used unnecessarily throughout the world, starting in Indonesia.
The project launched as RefillBali and was initiated by BookGreener – Bali’s community of changemakers and like-minded business owners who strongly promote sustainable and responsible tourism in the island. The community affects positive change by being the part of the solution rather than dwelling on the current problems.
Aligned with this mission, Better Places supports RefillMyBottle to reduce plastic waste on the beautiful island of Bali. Travelers use over 6 million plastic water bottles a month in Bali alone, which produces an enormous amount of waste that isn’t properly disposed of. And the numbers are only increasing. The lack of waste management systems means that these water bottles end up in landfills, the ocean, or are burned which creates toxic fumes. It’s clear that the problem needs to be tackled at the source by reducing consumption of plastic water bottles.
In an effort to reduce the amount of plastic used while travelling, Better Places is committed to raising awareness and helping travellers refill their bottles wherever their journey may take them. Aside from sponsoring initiatives such as Refill My Bottle, Refill not Landfill Cambodia, Social Impakt, Dopper/Simavi Foundation and the Plastic Soup Foundation, all Better Places travellers receive extensive information prior to departure about making their trip as zero waste as possible. This includes tips for best reusable bottles and (hand held) filtration devices to bring along, and perhaps most importantly, practical advice on where to refill their bottles on destination.
Tourism can vastly increase income within a particular state or region, not only through direct spending by tourists but also as a result of increases in tax revenue and the growth of local markets for food, services, and luxury goods. Tourism provides a boost to the amount of capital available in an area that purely local spending cannot achieve, even if assisted by government subsidies or tax breaks for domestic businesses. In many developing states, tourism acts as an alternative to cash crops, improving terms of trade, both within the country’s internal market and with its neighbours. But it’s imperative to also recognise the potential negative effects of tourism to destinations, and Better Places Travel works actively to ensure these are dramatically reduced and that travellers have a positive impact on the places they visit.
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Better Places Travel also actively calls upon countries, multilateral agencies, destinations, and enterprises to develop similar practical guidelines and to encourage planning authorities, tourism businesses, tourists and local communities – to take responsibility for achieving sustainable tourism and to create better places for people to live in and for people to visit.
Since the project was launched in early 2017, RefillBali has grown from zero to more than 250 RefillStations in Bali and beyond with the tremendous support of volunteers. With the expansion of the network, the organization was rebranded as RefillMyBottle and is increasing its positive impact across Indonesia. RefillMyBottle aims to reduce the source of the plastic problem, enable more people to lead a conscious lifestyle and empower local communities to take the lead on reducing plastic waste.
The problem of plastic is affecting people all around the world and, in time, we plan to implement our solution globally. Thanks to Better Places Travel support, which is leading us forward towards our mutual goals.