Make Holidays Greener
They decided this building on the momentum of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II series which has increased the public’s awareness of the damage plastics, generate wasteand not recycling can have not only on the environment but also on the animals. And the best thing about this campaign is that everyone can get involved!
ABTA want all their customers to get involved with this pledge with simple actions which are easy to maintain but have a big impact on the environment. They have even created reusable cotton bags for people to use with the Make Holidays Greener logo.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Recycling and using recycled goods has never been so important! ABTA and holidaymaker are doing more than ever to try and push everyone to make a pledge to make the world a little cleaner. From buying local foods to protecting biodiversity and saving water; every little helps.
An easy one that will also help your heath and your bank, food waste is something that everyone can reduce with just a second-thought. Buy less food than you need, share food or keep track of how much you eat in a day to reduce your food waste quickly.
Pay it Forward
Often, we tend to go overboard when it comes to buying new clothes, accessories and toiletries for a holiday. If you find yourself with spare items or items you won’t use after your trip, pay them forward! Second-hand clothes are a fantastic way to reduce waste, plus recycle to others in need.
A big theme for make holidays greener is always to manage waste in the best way. Landfills and sea dumps are one of the major factors in climate change and destroying places of living for locals, but there’s a variety of simple things everyone that’s travelling can do to help. If you’re going abroad for a group holiday, hen party or stag do, consider the factors you'll read and apply them wherever possible.
Although you can’t take liquids like this through airport security, you can 100% take an empty bottle to refill on the other side. Don’t spend your holiday money on single use plastics like water bottles while you’re waiting to board. Instead, bring a reusable bottle with you and ask a café to refill this!
For Funktion Events, anything that helps the environment gets a big yes from us anyway but ABTA’s annual campaigns get bigger and better each year so it would be a no brainer not to get involved!
To make things easier for our customers we have come up with a few ways you can ‘Say NO to Plastic’ during your holiday.
Say No To Plastics
We all know the debate about the dreaded plastic straws.
Most of them are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorter which means they end up in our ocean. Once they are in the ocean it is estimated around 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs. To avoid this opt for a metal or glass straw, you can buy these almost anywhere online now so you can still enjoy the use of a straw without bringing harm to sea life and the ocean.
If you are travelling abroad you will be guaranteed to be drinking a lot, whether that’s water, an iced drink or an alcoholic one. And most of them drinks will be given to you in a plastic cup which will then eventually end up in the bin.
Avoid this waste of plastic by investing in your own reusable travel mug or cup, this way you are saving however many plastic cups you would have used over your trip. And if you’re on a group holiday or a stag or hen do why not all chip in and order personalised matching cups as a momentum of your trip?
Reusable Toiletry Bottles
Sometimes for some people the most exciting part of packing is buying yourselves the miniature bottles of toiletries you already have at home. Let’s be honest we are all guilty of falling for the mini deodorants and shampoos.
But this year why not save the environment (and your money) by investing in reusable toiletry bottles. They aren’t too expensive to purchase and you can use all of your favourite toiletries that you have the full sizes of at home! Simply fill each reusable bottle with your favourite shampoo, body wash and lotions and you are good to go.
On Holiday (especially for you girls) glitter is always a part of the make up routine.
Most glitters you put on your face are harsh plastic glitters which definitely aren’t good for the environment but Eco Glitter Fun have created a biodegradable glitter that is great! It has passed all the official requirements it needed to for composability as well as adhering to the European and American standards.
The glitter that has been produced is a very stable and the biodegradation is only initiated in soil, compost or a waste water/ocean environment where microorganisms are present.