Plastic free travel guide

We have turned a blind eye to the impacts of single use plastic for too long, especially while travelling. It is time for the travellers of the world to say “no” to plastic.
There was a time when the word ‘plastic’ was associated with the bank card that you used to pay for a holiday. Nowadays, it is associated with costing the earth. Especially in its single use form, such as drinking bottles, baby wipes, plastic drinks cups, straws, nappies and so on. Manufacturers and consumers have taken the positive, practical uses of plastic and turned it into an omnipresent pollutant, which leaks its petrochemical ingredients back into the earth’s groundwater or directly into the sea when disposed of. But we are aiming to dispose of the disposable at Responsible Travel. As well as being a plastic free holidays guide, this is also a call to action to the tour operators whom we represent, to see if they can rise to the challenge of becoming free of single use plastics. If you would like to join our movement, don’t just cut up your plastic; cut it out altogether.

What we rate & what we don't

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Anti plastic holiday companies

Some companies are really working hard to ban single use …

Drinking water

Sometimes we think that tap water anywhere outside our home …

Anti plastic parents

As well as reusable nappies and baby wipes, parents are …

Surfers Against Sewage

We want to give a big shout out to this …
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Blue Planet

David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II blew us all away, as …

Scuba diving & conservation

Our responsible diving companies were on the case of plastics …

Stainless steel straws

We know that scrapping plastic straws is the way to …

Filtering water bottles

If you are going somewhere adventurous such as hiking in …
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Single use anything

From cling film to cotton buds, drinks bottles and baby …

Nappies & wipes

Often overlooked in the single use plastics debate, nappies are …

Airline size toiletries

Most of us are guilty of having done that last …

Hotel bathroom minis

Why, oh why? You can stay at the most eco …

Our top Plastic free Holiday

Plastic free handicraft holiday in Puglia, Italy

Plastic free handicraft holiday in Puglia, Italy

Enjoy South Italy avoiding single-use-plastic

From €1700 to €1750 8 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2018: 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 1 Dec, 8 Dec, 15 Dec
2019: 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 2 Feb, 9 Feb, 16 Feb, 23 Feb, 2 Mar, 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 6 Apr, 13 Apr
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Hats off to the travel companies that have signed up to our movement of single use, plastic free holidays. They have thrown down the gauntlet to other travel companies to follow in their footsteps. We salute them for that and invite many more to join us in our cause.
Written by Catherine Mack
Photo credits: [Page banner: Kitty Terwolbeck] [Introduction image: Hermes Rivera] [Anti plastic holiday companies: Braden Barwich] [Drinking water, Nepal: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] [Anti plastic parents: Lou Haach] [Surfers Against Sewage: Surkov Vladimir] [Blue Planet: Jedimentat44] [Scuba diving & conservation: Wicker Paradise] [Stainless steel straws: Phil Whitehouse] [Filtering water bottles: popofatticus] [Single use anything: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ] [Nappies & wipes: Highbury Friend] [Airline size toiletries: Jack Kennard] [Hotel bathroom minis: Kaytayqt]
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