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A recent research from The Ocean Cleanup shows that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comprises an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of rubbish and is more than 16 times bigger than previously thought. With 8 million tons of plastic leaking into the ocean every year, all litter in our oceans harm over 600 marine species. Publicly taking a pledge to reduce plastic by saying “NO” to plastic water bottles or single-use straws in order to help the environment is a good start, however many of us struggle to go the extra and most important step: consuming accordingly!

With these apps, refusing and reducing plastic in your daily life is made easy, even when you are travelling:

1. WeTap

About: Thirsty? Ditch the plastic bottle with this drinking fountain app. WeTap allows you to find public water fountains easily. You can also assist other by adding new ones to the public database. Utilising and appreciating tap water – both the quality and access – is an important step in ensuring our water remains safe, tasty, and protected. Download the app here.

Where you can use it: worldwide

2. RefillMyBottle

About: Be it a hotel, a shop, warung or retreat business, a group of sustainable businesses on Bali have teamed up to offer travellers the opportunity for a bottle refill of clean water from a gallon or Nazava water filter. RefillMyBottle is a great showcase of the tourism industry’s commitment in preserving Bali’s eco-system. To map the initiative, RefillMyBottle has published an easily accessible Google map of all the places where you can refill your water bottle. Check the map to find the location of the nearest refill point or look for the RefillMyBottle sticker in the window of the establishment to refill your bottle! Download the app here.

Where you can use it: currently in Indonesia, expanding to Thailand and Vietnam

3. Zero Waste Home

About: Find, add and rate bulk locations near you and throughout the world using Bulk Finder. Shop without needless plastic wrappings and packaging. On the Zero Waste blog, you can further find information about living a Zero Waste lifestyle. Download the app here.

Where you can use it: worldwide

Another map (website-based) that provides a directory of packaging-free shops, borrowing shops and other facilities that promote a more environmentally-friendly and sensible consumption is the Zero Waste Map. The map is primarly for use in in Central Europe, however you can also enter new locations for relevant categories, upload your own images and exchange ideas in the forum with other interested members.

You can also learn more about plastic in our oceans with the MY LITTLE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT APP (Beta Version). This app provides fun facts on how to reduce the use of plastic. You can play an interactive quiz, use a Plastic Footprint calculator and learn how to adopt healthy habits regarding plastic consumption. The app also lets you spread awareness among your friends.


Interested in more apps that can help you embrace a sustainable lifestyle? Check out three more here.



Help Others Go Green – Develop a Green App!

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In the tourism industry, one of the big issues at hand is the question of “how to reduce travelers’ impacts.” A far reaching approach to generate awareness about being a more responsible traveler could have an enormous impact. Such an approach can be an app that helps travelers by providing them with knowledge and resources on how to improve their positive impacts and reduce their impacts when traveling.

There already are various smartphone apps available that can help us to ‘go green.’ These apps range from as simple as carpooling to those that measure your progress made in your fight against climate change. Of course, there are many more and some of these can be found here.

The good thing about apps is that they can provide relevant information in a fun and engaging way, and they can be updated regularly. “Gamification” still is a very successful concept often used in consumer related industries; companies and organizations often use apps to better engage with their customers by including aspects of gamification, e.g. ranking systems, loyalty and reward programs, as well as other features that increase the consumer’s willingness to interact with the organization and get involved in the issues promoted by the app.

To be successful, we should consider the potential impact of both the leisure and business markets; all travelers should be provided with relevant information on how they can reduce their impacts and travel greener. This could be done by either an independent app, or as part of an event app, as PATA did as part of our 2016 Annual Summit. The app helped attendees to better manage their overall trip and to provide a better experience to them. Since PATA works to spread sustainability in tourism within the region of Asia Pacific and beyond, the app provided attendees with a Responsible Travel Guide.

Help Others Go Green – Creating an app can also be an initiative for you to take, to spread ways and ideas on ‘going green’ or ‘traveling green’ amongst your clientele!