Better Places Travel
Better Places is a responsible travel platform and a social enterprise. We are committed to making a social impact above making a profit. Everyone who books with us in 2017 will receive a Dopper: a BPA-free, sustainable, refillable water bottle.
A little bit about Dopper in their own words: “Dopper wants to live in a world in which people are conscious of the environment, where we actively reduce single-use plastic waste, and where everyone has access to fresh and safe drinking water.”
THE PROBLEM & THE PRODUCT
Dopper was designed with the aim of reducing the use of plastic water bottles and encouraging people to drink tap water, whenever possible. The bottles have a simple and stylish design and are easy to clean. For every Dopper purchased by Better Places, the company will donate a part of the profits to the Simavi Foundation: a health organization working on improving the safe drinking water situation is some of the poorest countries around the globe.
REFILL YOUR DOPPER
In some of our destinations, you will have access to clean drinking water from the tap. A handy site to check this is Is the water safe to drink. In the countries where it isn’t safe to drink tap water, we’re working closely with our local travel experts to make sure that you can refill your Dopper at as many locations as possible during your travels. This can be challenging in some countries, but we’re taking it one step at a time.
More and more countries that do not have clean running water are coming up with initiatives to reduce plastic waste. A few examples can be found below:
Several hotels in Cambodia have started an initiative to greatly reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste. Travellers can purchase and refill reusable bottles in hotels, and are able to refill their bottle in various Google Maps-marked locations. For more information, please see Refill not Landfill – Cambodia.
A Bali-based initiative set up by several eco-hotels, restaurants and shops, this projects aims to increase and map the number of water refill stations in Bali, in cooperation with Social Impakt water filter initiative. For more information about Refill Bali, please see their website or Facebook page.
Gili Eco Trust is a local organisation on the Indonesian island of Gili Trawangan that has been working for years on reducing the amount of plastic waster. Read more about it on their site.
On the island of Koh Tao, a number of diving schools and hotels joined forces and started an initiative to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles. Its now possible to refill your water bottles in a number of places on the island.
On the island of Koh Lanta, the locals started an initiative to clean up and reduce plastic waste. They’re using a number of different methods, including raising awareness for the problem and mapping the places where it’s possible to refill your water bottle.
PURIFY WATER ON THE GO
Another way to reduce the use of plastic water bottles during your trip is by taking a water filter or a SteriPen with you. The handheld SteriPen uses ultraviolet light to purify water in a matter of seconds, while killing all bacteria and viruses.
“The SteriPen is super easy and very handy to use, even if you’re travelling with a group like we were. It takes just 28 seconds to purify half a litre of water, and because of the SteriPen we were able to predominately drink tap water during our travels. It was also really convenient not having to lug around a huge amount of bottled water with us.” – The Bremmers Family, Peru, Summer 2016
A Care Plus® Water Filter fits in the palm of your hand and filters up to 375.000 liters of water from fresh water lakes, rivers or creeks – 30 times as much as comparable filters. The membrane filters out any harmful bacteria and protozoa. Watch the instruction video.
Join us in making a positive impact and reduce single-use plastic waste around the globe.