News & Press l News 15.06.2010
Reducing Plastic Waste at Tok Tokkie Trails
To reduce the amount of plastic waste we will not provide water bottles to our guests any more. We would therefore like to ask our guests to bring their own water bottles (at least 2 x 1 litre). Alternatively, we have stainless steel water bottles available which can be bought at the Tok Tokkie Trails reception.
Our motto is “Reduce, re-use, recycle!”. Consequently, at Tok Tokkie Trails all recyclable rubbish is taken to recycling stations (see below article dated 24.04.2009 “Tok Tokkie Trails joins improved rubbish and recycling system”). Recycling is great (recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 830 litres of petrol), but we are convinced that prevention is better than cure.
We would therefore like to make stainless steel water bottles (1 litre) available to our guests. These bottles can not only be used as a personal drinking bottle during the Tok Tokkie Trail but also when you continuing the journey and at home.
A normal plastic bottle weighs about 45 gr. If you as a tourist buy three of these every
day over a period of 14 days you can avoid ca. 2.5 kg of plastic waste only by not
buying bottled water.
The water at most tourism establishments in Namibia is of excellent quality. For water
quality at Tok Tokkie Trails please see the analysis at our reception.
The bottle can be filled up again and again and again with good quality Namibian water, waste is reduced and personal health protected - and the water is for free!
Some Plastic Bottle Facts Waste
Did you know that in Britain about 275,000 tonnes of plastic bottles are used every year - that's about 15 million bottles every day (www.theplastiki.com).
In France, 89 billion plastic bottles are used every year (www.paperblog.fr).
Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour (http://www.cleanair.org).
There is an island of plastic waste floating in the Northern Pacific which is said to have reached the size of Central Europe.
Health
Plastic bottles pose a health risk. Studies have shown that chemicals called phthalates, which are known to disrupt testosterone and other hormones, can leach into bottled water, especially when becoming heated, e. g. in a car.
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