8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the ocean each year. 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually. 90% of the world’s seabirds have plastic rubbish in their guts. Scientists predict there'll be more plastic than fish by weight in the sea by 2050. These are just some of the horrifying numbers of what we’ve done to our planet. This needs to stop.
In Exotic Voyages, we believe each person plays a crucial role in solving this global environmental crisis. As many organizations in the world have started to take action, we would like to encourage our team members to get involved in the war against plastic. Starting from February 2019, all of our offices in Hanoi, Saigon, Da Nang, Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been running “No plastic” campaign, which means all plastic including plastic bags, cups, straws, take-away packages are banned and prohibited in the office. Besides, we also started to reduce the use of plastic and opt for sustainable hotels and eco-friendly accommodation in our tours. Plastic containers for food and drinks used during trips will be gradually replaced with metal bottles and those that can be refilled. Moreover, we will try to deliver the right message to our travelers and potential customers, which explains the current situation of the plastic issue and provides recommendations to apply in day to day practice.
Why is this movement so important? Here is the reason: It is reported that more than 40% of the plastic produced is single-use plastic and is only used for an average of 12 minutes before being discarded, and it takes approximately 450 years for most of the plastic objects to decompose. Reducing the use of plastic in our daily life is an urgent task. As the wish to become a sustainable company, we’re taking this step to make social and environmental considerations become a part of our culture and to create a positive impact on the community.
Besides, according to Sustainable Travel Report released by Booking.com in 2018, 87% of global travelers now want to travel sustainably. As a travel company, not only do we wish to step up to the plate and do our part when it comes to protecting natural resources but we also want to try our best to fulfill our customers’ ambitions of exploring and experiencing the world in an ethical and responsible way. “No plastic” campaign is just the start of a long journey to save the planet.
Our future and our children's future depend on us caring and it’s about time to have a change of attitudes and understanding. We believe this major campaign we create will lead to many other strong effects on people's reactions to environmental issues and we look forward to seeing affirmative action on a global scale.