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Contrary to what you might think, we don't believe plastic is the enemy, it's more about HOW we use plastic in the tourism sector .

Is it all really necessary, or are habits and traditional operating procedures  holding us back?

SPOILER ALERT - it's usually the latter! 

Who are we and what drives us?

Travel Without Plastic was officially created in 2017 and follows a social enterprise model.  Despite years of experience supporting hotels with their sustainability activities, and working on plastic reduction since 2011, it was only in 2017 that we began to receive requests from hotels large and small to create 'plastic reduction tools that were practical and actually contained information about HOW to make changes not just what hotels could or should do'. 


We have over 40 years of combined experience in the tourism industry, including health and safety auditing, sustainability auditing and implementing quality assurance programmes within hotels.  It is this deep understanding of hotel operations and our realistic approach to change that hoteliers value the most.


We were so determined to put our experience and knowledge to good use that we personally financed the creation of the Let's Reduce Single-Use Tools that you see on the website.  Professionally written and designed, the Let's Reduce Single-Use Guide contains 100 pages of practical advice including considerations around health and safety, responsible disposal in accordance with local infrastructures, customer expectations, changes to standard operating procedures, staff and customer engagement and much more.  The Let's Reduce Single-Use Toolkit is the most robust suite of tools available. 


Feedback from all  of the hotels using our toolkit is that it is excellent value for money, contains significantly more information than expected and its relevance to their business enables them to make real change that can be tracked in terms of impact.  In particular, they feel more confident to completely eliminate unnecessary products (plastic or not) and feel that they can make more informed choices around alternatives to single-use plastics, as not all of these are as green as they seem!

Having both worked for travel companies previously, we know that businesses put more value on tools they have paid for than those that are circulated freely.  Often this is because free tools tend to be more generic and therefore not as insightful as the Let's Reduce Single-Use set.  We don't want our tools to sit in an inbox without being used, levying a small charge encourages their use and goes some way to enabling us to continue our work.

Will these tools be useful for you?


  • It's yet another thing on your to-do list

  • You've got hundreds of lines of single-use plastic and you don't know where to start

  • You're concerned that any changes will impact on health, safety or the guest experience

  • You don't have the time to source alternatives

  • You're confused about all of the new options on the market

  • You're not sure if the alternatives are as 'green as they seem'

  • You don't have the financial resources to invest in alternatives

  • Your staff aren't really motivated to change

  • You don't know how to communicate the changes to your guests

  • You believe it will cause complaints if traditional items are taken away

  • You don't have a good waste infrastructure in your destination


  • We help you to take it one step at a time

  • We show you how to take a 'Top 3 or Top 5' approach to keep it manageable

  • We were health, safety and quality assurance auditors in a previous life, making sure any recommendations tick all the right boxes

  • We're obsessed with finding suitable, ethical and environmentally friendly alternatives that can be implemented in hotels

  • From our work to date, we have seen hotels save between 15 - 60% on purchases when following our recommendations

  • We've created detailed training plans to help motivate your staff to be part of the solution

  • Our expert communications guide tells you everything you need to know about talking to guests before, during and after their stay

  • In previous plastic reduction projects no guests said that change had negatively impacted their holiday

  • We collaborate with partners who are experts at dealing with waste in destinations that don't have suitable facilities to manage it

  • We'll get you ahead of impending legislation and voluntary bans

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Hundreds of hotels continue to offer food and beverage in single-use plastic or foam.  In this real life example, we experienced ourselves, we did the maths....

6 pieces of plastic per breakfast per person


146 double or twin rooms 


80% occupancy based on a 12 month operation

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A grand total of




individual pieces of plastic from this one hotel in a year.....


just from breakfast cutlery and crockery

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