Leading small group adventure operator, G Adventures, has welcomed the ban on single-use plastics in the Galapagos Islands, and is offering all its travellers to the archipelago a complimentary reusable water bottle for both sea- and land-based trips departing from January 01, 2019.
The Galapagos Council announced earlier this year that as of February 26, 2019, non-returnable bottles of any description will no longer be allowed on the islands. This follows a ban on plastic straws which came into effect on May 26, 2018, and plastic bags, which are no longer allowed from July 26, 2018.
G Adventures offers more than 30 different itineraries in the Galapagos Islands, with travellers choosing to either travel on one of the company’s four boats, or to move between the islands by speedboat and stay on land.
Ingrid Kocijan, Director of Sales for G Adventures Australia and New Zealand, welcomed the move, saying plastics waste is at a critical level globally, and any move to reduce their usage is a positive step.
“As a responsible tour operator we have more responsibility to protect our planet than ever before. At G Adventures, we already encourage all travellers to bring reusable water bottles with them on their trip, and are fortunate that with our office in Quito, it is logistically feasible to provide reusable water bottles to our travellers departing to the Galapagos.
“All our boats in the Galapagos are fitted with filtered water in refillable tanks, and hotels supplying accommodation for our land-based will also offer this service. The Galapagos is one of the most eco-friendly destinations we travel to, and we’re very happy to support them in their continued mission to keep their waters clean,” says Kocijan.
As well as supporting the plastics ban in the Galapagos, G Adventures has a number of initiatives onboard its vessels around the world as part of the Ocean Health Fund initiative which was started in partnership with G Adventures’ non-profit partner, Planeterra.
-Filtered water is available onboard the G Expedition ship which visits the polar regions
-There is no bottled water provided on our Sri Lanka Sailing catamaran – just reusable bottles.
-Toiletries onboard our boats are provided in refillable containers to limit the use of small, one use, plastic containers.
-Plastic straws are not used onboard any vessels.
-Beach clean ups ( for both guests and crew) have been organised in Svalbard for the past four years, as well as in Thailand, Cuba and Sri Lanka.
-The G Expedition picks up drifting plastic and fishing lines whenever possible.
Additionally, G Adventures is a member of the United Nations Environment Program Clean Seas campaign, which challenges us to do more to support the health of our ocean.