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Wouldn’t it be great if something as simple and pleasurable as international travel could help end something as grinding and enduring as global poverty? After all, the industry is booming, growing at least 4 percent a year since the 1960s (with a brief slowdown in 2009), according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

In 2016, over 1.3 billion international tourists spent an estimated U.S. $1.4 trillion. That’s the equivalent of Australia’s gross domestic product, dispersed around the world.

The UN has even declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, heralding the role of international travel in reducing poverty. But how much global tourism money really makes its way to poor countries?

Read it here. 

By Susanne Becken, Griffith University at Huffington Post.

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What happens on vacation stays on vacation, right? Well, if you’re talking about the impact of your vacation footprint, almost the exact opposite is true. We’ve partnered with Harrah’s Resort SoCal to share some surprising stats about how you’re expending energy on your trips ― and exactly how you can make a difference the next time you travel.

 

Read more by following this link. By HuffPost Partner Studio.

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This New Shampoo Will Clean Your Hair — And The Oceans

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Head & Shoulders bottles will use recycled plastics removed from beaches and waterways.


Procter & Gamble announced Thursday that its Head & Shoulders shampoo bottles will be recyclable and made of up to 25 percent “beach plastics,” from trash removed from beaches, oceans, rivers and other waterways.

It will be the first shampoo bottle made from recycled beach plastics, according to the company’s press release.

“It’s important to understand how big of a disaster ocean plastics are. It’s horrendous,” Tom Szaky, founder of recycling company TerraCycle, told The Huffington Post. TerraCycle is partnering with P&G to make the bottles. “It creates problems for animals that eat them or get trapped in them. It’s a crisis, and I don’t think people understand the scale of it.”

The oceans will contain more plastics than fish by 2050, according to a report from the World Economic Forum. At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. That’s like tossing the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.

The Head & Shoulder “beach plastic” bottles will be available in France this summer, with plans to expand to other countries after that. By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman. Read more.

 

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Photo credit Head & Shoulders. Procter & Gamble will begin selling its “beach plastic” bottles in France this summer.

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