Societies have become smarter and wiser nowadays… We’ve seen so many people that have acknowledged, even going the extra length to integrate their lifestyle to benefit the environment. One of the very good examples of it:
The downfall of our environment is in our hands, and by our hands as well, we need to clean the mess up.
Let’s talk about it — Recognising the carbon footprint in the average human lifestyle, the effect on the environment is quite concerning. Especially seeing how the exploitation “need” for many of us to acquire simplicity and instant things in our lives. Well, wasn’t it for that reason that today many of us decided to have our gadgets? Smart appliances? Personal transportation? I’m sure there’s more to add to the list.
Now, we all love travelling — who doesn’t? But, as we travel, we are condoning to something that’s a little less friendly to the environment. Flying out on an aeroplane, or even as little as getting a stamp on a page on our passport. But, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t travel in order to save the environment, though. Fortunately, in this modern age of convenience of basically everything, there is a way for us to do what we love while also doing a good cause.
Trashpacking is the concept of cleaning up the world while travelling. Now, as a backpacker, we simply take a small bag with us everywhere we go and pick up any trash that we come across. By adding the goal of trashpacking on our trip, we’re doing a selfless and noble objective that adds meaning to our travel.
Think about it… How much effort and time does it take to fill a small bag with trash? The earth will be thankful, as well as our body, heart, soul, and even… the local community. By doing trashpacking while travelling, we will be able to hold our head high and know that we did our bit to contribute to a cleaner world.
- Connection — Trashpacking is a tool for generating a stronger link between a traveller and a place, as well as with local people and other tourists.
- Powerful message — Cleaning up while travelling (and being seen doing so!) brings more awareness to world garbage problems. It’s contagious.
- Need for a change — Whatever environmental issue you choose to focus on, it’s clear that we are heading towards several serious problems as a planet.
Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.
Clean Ups Initiatives Across Southeast Asia
Every little thing we do has an impact — It’s up to us to make that a positive or a negative one. If you happen to plan travelling to Southeast Asia and you wanted to do the altruistic act of trashpacking, here are some of the organisations you can join in:
- Trash Hero is active in many places across Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and other parts of Asia.
- Clean Up Vietnam engages local communities up and down the country to clean Vietnam.
- Plastic Initiative Cambodia is trying to spread awareness of plastic issues across Cambodia and Southeast Asia and supplying re-usable water bottles.
- Clean Up Jakarta Day is an annual event that you can get involved in. In 2017, the day enjoyed 30,000 volunteers cleaning up Jakarta’s streets!
- Keep Bali Clean organise regular beach cleanups across the island.
- Gili Eco Trust is committed to protecting the reefs, removing the waste and encouraging recycling on the tiny Gili Islands.
- SEA Movement or Siargao Environmental Movement is an environmental group based on Siargao Island, the Philippines who have regular beach cleanups and environmental awareness days.
- Get Involved Koh Tao is a group of dive schools joining forces to conserve the environment of Koh Tao, organising beach cleanups, eco days and fighting for a plastic bag and plastic straw free island!
- Koh Tao Festival is an annual event on the turtle-shaped island active that promotes marine conservation and awareness of the environment.