Everyone can help to keep Koh Lanta a paradise. Single use plastic and our throw away culture is causing a huge problem all around the world. Our oceans, beaches and wildlife are suffering from our overuse of plastic.
There are though 4 simple things everyone can do to reduce the footprint they leave behind them on Koh Lanta.
Everyone loves Koh Lanta and describes it as an undeveloped paradise. Sadly though, recent years have seen the island develop more and, let’s be honest, become less clean and idyllic because of this. Single use plastic is a huge problem all around the world, and especially on small tourist islands like Koh Lanta.
As a small island in the south of Thailand, Koh Lanta isn’t properly equipped to deal with the amount of trash created by its tourism, so it’s got to be down to each of us to help keep Koh Lanta a paradise. Check out these 4 easy things you can do…
How Can You Help Keep Koh Lanta a Paradise?
1. Say ‘no’ to plastic bottles.
A great way to avoid buying plastic bottles of water on Koh Lanta is to buy a Trash Hero reusable water bottle. You can refill it with free drinking water at over 65 places on Koh Lanta and also in more than 20 other locations in Thailand.
The bottles aren’t expensive, which means you’ll save money as well as the environment.
Find out where you can buy and refill the Trash Hero water bottles on Koh Lanta and in other parts of Thailand.
2. Say ‘no’ to plastic bags.
Take a reusable shopping bag with you to cut down on the number of plastic bags you use. There’s no shortage of cotton bags on the island so, if you don’t already have a reusable bag, you can buy one here as a souvenir. If you want to try saying no to plastic bags in Thai, here’s how:
You can buy some great locally made shopping bags made out of old rice sacks at Aunty Bee’s shop on Koh Lanta Noi. Check out her Facebook page for more info and directions to her shop.
3. Say ‘no’ to plastic straws.
Say no to plastic straws. Most drinks really don’t need them anyway, so say ‘no straw’ when you’re ordering a drink. This is how you say it in Thai:
There are quite a few places on Koh Lanta that don’t use plastic straws. Find out more about them here and also where you can buy reusable straws on Koh Lanta.
4. Clean the beach.
Be a Trash Hero and pick up any trash you find on the beach. Even picking up a small amount helps, as it stops it being washed back out to sea. You could also join Trash Hero Koh Lanta on one of their weekly beach cleanups. They take place every Sunday at 4 pm. Check their Facebook page for the location.
Find out all about Trash Hero and how you can be a Trash Hero on Koh Lanta.
An increasing amount of tourists are visiting Koh Lanta every year to enjoy its laid-back charm, relax on its beautiful beaches, swim in the clear blue Andaman Sea, and see marine life while snorkeling and scuba diving. Sadly though, without meaning to, they are threatening the very place they love.
As a small island with a fairly undeveloped infrastructure, coping with the amount of trash generated by its tourists, as well as the growing volume being washed up onto its beaches, is a big problem. Getting on top of this rubbish situation will really help to keep Koh Lanta clean and less spoiled.
The waste management system here is struggling with the increase in tourism and it definitely needs improving, but hopefully that will happen over time. Koh Lanta is lucky to have its own fairly new recycling centre though, so at least less trash is ending up in landfill nowadays (or worse, being burned).
While recycling more is definitely a positive thing, we still need to try to reduce the amount of trash we generate in the first place.
Around 50% of the things we throw away each day have been used only once, and most is made from plastic, which can take hundreds of years to decompose.
Be The Change
You don’t need to be an eco-warrior to make a difference. All you need to do is make a little effort to reduce the amount of trash you generate, and especially reduce the amount of single-use plastic you use.
We come to Koh Lanta because we love it but, ironically, we’re ruining it just by being here. Imagine how much we could reduce the rubbish here if everyone who visits or lives on Koh Lanta follows these four easy steps. Every one of us can help to keep Koh Lanta a paradise.
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