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Did you know that 768.1 million water bottles were consumed in 2015 in the UAE*? The UAE has one of the highest consumption rates of bottled water in the world. 80% of those bottles are not recycled. That means they end up in landfills or the ocean.
Our planet is suffering the consequences of our plastic obsession, with fish, birds and land mammals ingesting plastic and as a result are unable to properly digest food. This issue was highlighted earlier this year when a whale was found washed up on the beaches of Norway, malnourished and dying and with 4kg of plastic in its stomach.
For me the issue was highlighted on a recent trip to Indonesia where the proper disposal of waste is a huge problem. Plastic and other rubbish cover the sides of roads, forests and some beaches. Indonesia is one of the top 5 countries that contributes the most plastic to the oceans. **
Change begins with each of us doing our part to reduce plastic consumption. So, with this in mind we are launching an initiative to remove plastic bottles from the training supply chain. #saynotoplasticbottles. In training, it is common to have small plastic bottles available to attendees and whether or not these get recycled is left to the hotel or organisation. In a two-day training session, we can use between 60 - 100 small plastic water bottles. Multiply that across the entire training industry and the impact is huge.
We have banned all plastic bottles in training and using instead jugs filled with water or large glass bottles which get reused or recycled. We invite the rest of the industry to join us in the no plastic bottles pledge. Our aim is to implement this initiative industry wide in 2018.
If you are a training company or organisation and would like to join us in removing plastic from your training sessions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to having you on board and helping us in creating a greener planet for future generations.
*Source - Goumbook
**the others are China, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam