This photo was taken early one morning in Bali, by @morganmaassen just before a nearby hotel's staff hurriedly came to pick up this trash that washes in from the ocean every morning. ☠️☠️☠️ Goodness, imagine the beaches that don't have hurried hotel staff!
Here are a few tips to leverage tourist buying power when we travel: Try lending a hand in a beach clean to de-stigmatise picking up trash. Gently tell your accommodation manager you prefer they have purified water to refill your drink bottle instead of plastic bottles. Suggest they offer reusable bags with their brand name for tourists to do their marketing for them! Ask bar staff if they would consider only putting a straw in someone's drink if they specifically ask for one, even then gently explaining the environmental impact of straws (YouTube: "straw up turtle's nose" 😭). Get in touch with local community groups fighting the good fight & lend a hand or make a donation! Perhaps even write to the government asking if they have a recycling program and about plastic bans, reference Rwanda as a great example of a country banning plastics to reduce the cost of waste management! Use less plastics. If you can, use none at all! If you are reading this, you are more privileged than most humans on Earth. We can be the change our world needs. It starts with "no straw please" and "it's okay, I brought my own." WE GOT THIS! 🙌🏽💙🌊🐋🏆 #iquitplastics