ABTA have partnered with Travelife, The Travel Association and The Travel Foundation to launch the Make Holidays Greener campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cleaner, greener beaches and how to reduce plastic waste. This year’s campaign will launch on 1 July and we will be supporting the campaign by encouraging holidaymakers to make sustainable holiday pledges, taking care of the local environment and supporting local communities in holiday destinations.
It is estimated that about 6.4 million tonnes of plastic washes into our oceans each year and the total will increase ten-fold by 2020. From cigarette ends and shopping bags, to crisp packets and bottles, the waste is not only unsightly but causes serious damage to marine wildlife.
Travelife and The Travel Foundation are dedicated to making holidays more sustainable by working with travel businesses around the world to help them improve their social, economic and environmental impacts. Whether this means cutting waste and energy consumption, developing a sustainability strategy, or looking at hotel and excursion impacts in destinations.
Travelife run a certification programme where hotels and accommodations must undertake an independent on-site audit to prove they meet Travelife’s strict criteria before they receive a Travelife certification. If they can prove they meet the Travelife sustainability criteria, successful hotels and accommodations will achieve Travelife Gold certification based on the Travelife Standard, which has been officially approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
To take part in this campaign you can choose one of 15 sustainable holiday pledges which will cover all aspects of a holiday from eating local food, saying no to plastic, reducing water usage or recycling.
You can make your pledge by clicking here.
We believe sustainability is something that is relevant to all travel businesses, and this fits in perfectly with our values at Midcounties Co-operative Travel. We look forward to working alongside Travelife in the future supporting sustainable holidays destinations.
We are proud that we are able to provide a wide range of Travelife Gold and Silver Certified Hotels to our customers, you can see more details of these hotels here.