Trash Hero Koh Lanta : Beach Clean ups , refill water bottles and a great green community on a small island in Thailand.
I’ve been living on Lanta Island in the south of Thailand for the past two weeks and discovered a wonderful project here called Trash Hero Koh Lanta.
Trash Hero is a non profit organization operating in different countries – mostly in Asia, expanding all over the world – aiming for a reduction of waste and support an eco friendly lifestyle.
Here is the Trash Hero Mission Statement, that I found on their website:
The Trash Hero mission is to create sustainable, community-based projects that remove existing waste, and reduce future waste by inspiring long-term behaviour change. We do this through:
- Action and Awareness. We pick up trash. Whether a cigarette butt on the road, or 20,000 kilos from island beaches – if we see it, we clean it! And as they say, actions speak louder than words. By spending just a few hours together picking up trash, people can see the real world consequences of being careless about waste.
- Education. We back up hands-on experience with educational information about the impact that trash has on the global environment.
- Sustainable Projects. We create long-term projects that bring communities together to remove and better manage their waste, and strategies that reduce the amount of waste being produced in the future.
- Inspiration. We motivate people to become Trash Heroes in their everyday lives. Trash Hero Thailand alum have gone home to make their own heroic clean-ups around the world. Click here to see their stories.
Trash Hero believes that every one of us can be a Trash Hero. Read more about our projects above, and join this global movement today.
To be honest, I can’t remember how I came across Trash Hero Koh Lanta. I heard first about Trash Hero when I was on Koh Tao, because Jon, the owner of my beloved Gecko Jungle Hostel cares a lot about the environment and designed his hostel in an eco friendly style.
When it comes to Koh Lanta, I think I might have seen the refillable water bottles somewhere, maybe a dive shop.
But there are also many resorts that have them:
I actually bought mine at Lanta Diver (diving review here!) for 200 THB.
And this is the great idea behind the bottles:
Less plastic used means less to pick up later.
What’s better than picking up trash from beautiful places? Making sure that it doesn’t end up on a beach (or anywhere else) in the first place!
What’s the idea? The Trash Hero Bottles & Bags program aims to substantially reduce the amount of plastic bottles and bags that end up on the beaches, in the sea, and in our communities by providing reusable replacements which not only benefit the environment, but also consumers and businesses.
How do the water bottles work? Trash Hero sells stainless steel water bottles to local businesses (in Thailand for 100 baht, at no profit to Trash Hero). Local businesses can then sell those bottles to customers – but only if the local business agrees to have a refill station that provides anyone with a Trash Hero water bottle, no matter where the bottle was purchased, with unlimited free drinking water.
What about the bags? Trash Hero World produces reusable and packable shopping bags, which they make available to businesses. Businesses in turn can then sell them at a minimal mark up to customers, instead of giving them plastic bags.
What are the benefits of the Bottles & Bags program? The environment benefits because less plastic is consumed, and thus less plastic thrown away. Businesses benefit because they have an environmentally responsible product to offer their customers, while still making a profit. The bottles and bags also give customers a reason to visit participating businesses, to purchase reusable bottles and bags, or to refill the water bottles. And consumers benefit by having an environmentally responsible choice available, and a product that can be used over and over again. The cost of the water bottle itself can be recovered after only 10 refills! It’s win, win, win!
Want to know how to bring the Bottles & Bags program to your business or community? It’s easier than you think. Click here to find out how
On the map , you can easily spot the places that sell the bottles and provide refill:
I’m a big fan of the Trash Hero project and will join the next beach clean up with Trash Hero Koh Lanta.
Its already really big in Thailand and spreading around the world.
Maybe we find volunteers to start a new chapter through this page?
Like , comment, share and join the movement ! <3
More information on www.trashhero.org !