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Contiki’s cutting down the plastic

Contiki news article

We have partnered with leading youth travel brand Contiki Holidays to offer reusable drink bottles to all of its travellers within New Zealand, as well as giving them the chance to participate in voluntary beach clean-ups.

In a world first for the global travel company, Contiki’s travellers in New Zealand will be able to get down and dirty taking part in organised voluntary beach clean-ups during their travels in the North and South Islands in 2013.

The two new environmental developments build on Contiki’s ongoing partnership with Sustainable Coastlines: Contiki’s New Zealand staff already take part in annual organised beach clean-ups with our team.

Contiki General Manager Tony Laskey is excited about both new moves and is confident that Contiki travellers will support them.

“Our travellers buy at least one plastic bottle or can a day on tour and with the average length of a New Zealand trip up to 19 days, they are buying and disposing of several bottles. New Zealand’s tap water is some of the freshest in the world so for the price of two bottles, why not purchase an aluminium one that you can reuse and take home as a keepsake of your trip,” he says.

“The 18-35’s age group who travel with us are extremely conscious about the future of the planet so we have launched these initiatives following their wishes of minimising their environmental footprints in the communities we visit.”

The reusable bottles are available for purchase at $5. Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu and the Bay of Islands have been hand-picked as the destinations for the organised voluntary clean-ups to be offered.

“This is a fantastic example of a creative environmental solution from a leading business,” says Co Founder and Events Director of Sustainable Coastlines Sam Judd. “In a world full of green-wash, it is encouraging to see Contiki walking the walk by getting staff and now travellers out there to protect the areas our tourism industry relies on.”

Contiki’s parent company, The Travel Corporation, also supports conservation worldwide through the newly named TreadRight Foundation, a charity committed to supporting sustainable tourism initiatives and protecting the destinations its travel brands visit.