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I USE THIS BECAUSE I CARE

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“I Use This Because I Care” is the slogan of the new campaign launched by the DMO/TMO Flores/Labuan Bajo supported by Swisscontact to encourage the tourism industry, tourists as well as residents to reduce the amount of single use disposable plastic such as bottles and shopping bags.

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With a staggering amount of plastic waste produced every year and very limited or unavailable facilities to process waste around Flores it is very important to start change habits and therefore promote the use of reusable shopping bags as well as refillable water bottles.

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For this purpose Water refilling bottles and reusable bags (in two colors) are available starting June 2013 via TMO/TIC for those who want to start making a difference. Also the initiative includes encouraging local businesses to start running small water refilling stations so that to refill a bottle can become possible in many places. Participating businesses receive a cover for the water gallon station as well as info material to display and stickers.

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Since this campaign launch at the beginning of June in Labuan Bajo, 14 businesses have joined the initiative of making water refill stations available. At the same time all the participating businesses are asked to commit to respect the environment and dispose properly of their waste as well as commit to be active via pledging to a “small act of green” which are small actions to either clean the surroundings or raise awareness or any action toward the implementation of good practices.

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We hope more and more businesses join the initiative!

For information email info@florestourism.com

Article and Images by Paola Cannucciari

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