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May 18, 2019 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

With annual consumption of plastic bottles set to top half a trillion by 2021, Contiki have launched a new eco-friendly, filtering water bottle, encouraging travellers to reduce their plastic usage and save the planet (and money!) every time they travel.

A water bottle may seem like a surprising choice of product for the market leader in the youth travel industry, but it’s a fitting response to the growing eco-consciousness of Gen-Z, Contiki’s primary audience. Most young travellers would own a reusable water bottle for everyday use, but since only 58% of countries in Europe have safe drinking water and regions like Asia and Latin America much less, the new Contiki Water Bottle solves the problem of access to safe drinking water while abroad.

The Contiki Water Bottle is a travel-friendly water bottle featuring a high-grade silicone body that can be folded up for easy carrying while not in use. Theadvanced in-built 2-stage filtration system removes 99.7% of bacteria, creating cleaner, safer drinking water anywhere in the world and removing the need for buying harmful single-use plastics.

Single-use plastics are one of the biggest threats facing the world’s marine environments and oceans today. Sadly, the travel industry is a major contributor to the problem, with travellers buying single-use plastic bottles on a daily basis. It’s estimated that Australian travellers alone use 32 million plastic bottles in Europe every year. By using the Contiki Water Bottle, the average traveller can both drastically reduce their plastic usage and save an average of AU$5 a day while travelling – adding up to an impressive saving of AU$70 on a 14-day trip – that could instead be spent on amazing travel experiences.

The Contiki Water Bottle is just one part of the delivery of Contiki’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. Having already removed most single use plastics from Contiki offices worldwide, Contiki is committed to removing all unnecessary single use plastics from its supply chain and on all trips by 2022.

For a limited time, the Contiki Water Bottle is being sold at a reduced not-for-profit price of US$15 including worldwide shipping, to encourage travellers to ditch plastics on their travels once and for all. Travellers can buy the bottle directly at The Basement, Contiki’s jump-off point for its Europe trips starting in London, on-trip in most regions or order the bottle online at contiki.com/waterbottle.

The Contiki Water Bottle was developed and funded by Contiki Cares working in proud partnership with the TreadRight Foundation.

MORE ON THE CONTIKI CARES WATER BOTTLE

  • Made from high grade silicon – BPA free and contains absolutely no harmful chemicals
  • The bottle packaging is constructed from recycled PET bottles which were otherwise destined for landfill, and is itself fully recyclable
  • The ultra-filtration membrane is good for 1000 refills, meaning 4000 less single use plastic bottles over its lifetime (replacement filters can also be purchased at contiki.com/waterbottle)
  • The bottle can be recycled at your local recycling centre at the end of its lifecycle
  • Through Contiki Cares we’re subsidising 50% of the cost of each bottle (and providing free shipping) to make the eco-friendly choice accessible to all travellers

MORE ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

  • Plastic is the greatest threat to our marine environment with 73% of all plastics ending up in the ocean. A product that can take up to 1,000 years to break down, plastic items now clog our streams, rivers and oceans, creating a catastrophic impact on both mammal and marine life.
  • The average traveller buys 3 big single-use plastic bottles of water a day while travelling
  • Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021 – that’s more than a million bottles bought every minute. More than half of these plastic bottles end up in landfill or in oceans.
  • Producing a 1L bottle of water takes 3 times as much water to create, not to mention the millions of gallons of oil used to create plastic for bottles

Katrina Barry, MD – Contiki “At Contiki we believe that travelling sustainably and consciously matters. Knowing that water is unsafe to drink in many parts of the world, we didn’t just want to offer another reusable water bottle for our travellers, which is why we developed the Contiki water bottle to not only be made from 100% recycled materials, but also come with a built-in filtration system. This is no ordinary bottle – it’s travel-friendly, eco-friendly, and provides safer drinking water, so travellers can reduce their plastic use and save money every time they travel. Right now, we’re also subsidising 50% of the cost of each bottle to make it affordable for all our travellers. This has been a true passion project as part of our Contiki Cares commitment to removing all unnecessary single-use plastics by 2022, and I’m proud of this product we’ve created with sustainability front of mind”.

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