Each year, WildChina plans and leads journeys for thousands of clients from all over the world. And with these clients, comes lots and lots of used plastic water bottles– which doesn’t make us, as committed members to sustainable travel in China, very happy.
However, as China has no potable drinking water– even in the big international cities like Shanghai or Hong Kong– we have been left with limited options.
You might say, well, “Why don’t you provide each WildChina guest a re-usable water bottle?” In theory, we couldn’t agree more. WildChina would love to purchase BPA-free water bottles for our clients to use both on trip and at home. However, since our guests cannot re-fill their water bottles back at the hotel or at a restaurant, we are uncertain that investing in water bottles is a good investment.
One model that WildChina Founder Mei Zhang liked was discovered at a recent holiday to Soneva Kiri Six Senses in Thailand. At this resort, elegant glass bottles can be picked up and dropped off at many locations throughout the property. We think this is a great idea and the bottles look classic and high-end
However, if traveling with young children or on a Huanghuacheng hike, we are not convinced that this is the most appropriate solution.
We have a few more ideas up our sleeves, but would love to turn this conversation over to you. What are your thoughts?
Have any ideas? We are all ears. Drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us your suggestion.
Photos by: Sustainable Water, Paul Moreno, Nalgene, Zhang Mei at Soneva Kiri