Starting from April this year, we have taken the decision to ban all non-essential single-use plastics for volunteers travelling to our camps. This is part of our long-term commitment to environmental sustainability across our entire organisation, ensuring we are doing everything we can to help protect the amazing natural environments we work in.
What are single-use plastics?
Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are only used once before they are thrown away or recycled. This includes things like plastic carrier bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. Basically anything that is avoidable.
Obviously there are some items required on expedition that do not offer a viable alternative yet, e.g. sunscreen, sanitary items, medication, blister strips etc. We ask that our volunteers are conscious about what plastic items they take with them on expedition and we encourage them to look for sustainable alternatives where possible.
Solutions and alternatives
There are many alternative options for items which are widely available and affordably priced. We encourage our volunteers to look for these sustainable options when packing for expedition, such as using reusable Nalgene water bottles, soap bars rather than bottles of shower gels and, when possible, purchasing food that is not wrapped in plastic.
If you have any further questions regarding single-use plastics on expedition, please get in touch with us on 04 450 8931.