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With the PATA Annual Summit 2018 (PAS 2018) taking place in Gangwon Province in the Republic of Korea, we invite you to maximise your experience before, during and after the event by making responsible choices and exploring the coastal location of the event in “Gangneung” style. To get a general overview of what it means to travel for business responsibly, start with checking our Responsible Business Travel Guide. It provides you with easy to follow steps and ideas when getting ready for your travel, during your trip and returning home.

While you are in Gangneung, let your tastebuds experience sensations arousing from the flavours and ingredients of the local cuisine, also known as “K-Food”.  Choosing local and seasonal food helps reduce greenhouse gas emission so why not make the most out of your stay by enjoying the robust flavours of classic Korean cooking. Gangwon Province also offers a variety of fresh products from pollution-free agriculture and fishery programmes. Did you know that the Republic of Korea introduced a “Low Carbon Certification System for Agriculture and Lifestock Products”? The system supports agricultural enterprises in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and simultaneously helps ethical consumers to purchase agriculture produce certified as low carbon products. Keep an eye open for those products.

If you are looking for traditional specialties to snack on, try Hangwa. If you have enough time on your hands, visit Moraenae – a country village where you can learn about the 130 years old tradition of making this traditional snack made from glutinous rice and fine sesame.

If you are a coffee lover, Gangneung, also referred to as the spiritual home of the Korean coffee craze, is the place to be. Head down to “Coffee Street”, bring your tumbler and sip on a cup of coffee while strolling along the bustling beachside.

Find out what’s behind the great buzz around Korean food and coffee yourself, explore Gangneung, a city full of tradition and history and share your experiences with us during PAS 2018!

Remember to download the PATA event app (for iOS or on Google Play) to stay on top of the programme and news while minimising the use and waste of paper.

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Fancy sipping a smoothie, long drink, coconut water or any other beverage using a straw? Make sure to make the sustainable choice when doing so. In short, refuse single-use plastic straws and choose a reusable alternative. These decisions are key to making our world a cleaner and better place.

Single-use plastic straws simply do not have a place in our society as they don’t get along with our environment. Although single-use plastic straws amount to only a tiny fraction of plastic pollution in our ocean, their small size and light weight makes them one of the most insidious polluters. Not making their way into the recycling bins, plastic straws cause beach pollution and threaten the life of many marine animals.

We therefore invite you to pick a reusable drinking straw of your preference, always keeping it with you and spreading the word to encourage others to join the movement in reducing and preventing plastic waste that harms our environment.

  • Bamboo: Go back to nature with a natural and reusable bamboo straw. They are not only durable but also beautiful. They often come with a handy cleaning brush to wash them out for years of use. You can find some more tips for cleaning and being nice to your straw here.
  • Silicone: Light and unbreakable, silicone is great for its practicality. Choose a silicone straw made from high quality food grade silicone that will help you save plastic straws from polluting our environment and protect your teeth.
  • Stainless-steel: Prefer a very durable and elegant option? Go with a stainless-steel drinking straw which is stain-free, rustproof, and scratch-proof. You won’t have to worry about metallic aftertaste. If you like fine cutlery, complete your silverware collection by purchasing a set of stainless steel straws. Read more about benefits of going stainless-steel here.
  • Glass: Looking for something classy? Go glassy with a clear lead-free glass straw alternative. The durable straws are shatterproof and are ideal for both hot and cold drinks. Both ends are smooth and round which makes the straw comfortable to use and safe. Choose the style and size that suits your lifestyle.
  • Acrylic: This option may be perfect to use in your tumblers. Go with an innovative, reusable, acrylic straw which can bend like normal straws. From birthday parties to holiday get-togethers, colorful reusable straws from food-safe plastic increase the fun at any gathering.

Apart from these, we invite you to chew on innovative ideas such as edible straws. Check out these Eatapple straws which are made from leftovers of Germany’s apple juice production.

Interested in fighting the war against straws? Be inspired by some examples here.

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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.

 

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Buying Bulk

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You may have shopped at a ‘bulk buy’ store before and not even realized the benefits of doing so. Let’s be frank, life is a little easier when we don’t need to run to the grocery store every other day. Not only that, buying in bulk saves you money and reduces a significant amount of packaging and waste. Here’s how you can do it! Take a look at some of the reasons why buying in bulk is so environmentally friendly, and so much more than just a time saver in our busy lives.

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