The easiest way to stay hydrated wherever you are in the world? Tote along your own water bottle.
It’s a great plan that only works if you can access clean water for refills.
Let’s start a campaign to make refilling our water bottles easy.
For water bottle toting friends:
Before you book your next hotel, Air BNB, restaurant, retreat, camp ground, tour, spa treatment, beach club etc….. let them know you’ll be toting along your water bottle and would love to know if they are “refill friendly”.
Yes? Great. Say thanks. Book in. And give them a shoutout. #refillfriendly
No? Help them out. Send a link to this blog to encourage them to join the #refillfriendly campaign.
For venue owners/operators:
Invest in systems to provide safe clean water refills. It’s as simple as installing a spring water dispenser in the right place/s that works efficiently for your clients and your business.
Restaurants/bars/clubs: spring water dispenser in the kitchen, service staff control refills.
Small hotel or Air BNB operator – provide a spring water dispenser to each room and include in the room rate. Ensure you have a system in place for replenishment.
Add a water bottle to the list of ‘what to pack’ or maybe provide one as part of your bonus/gift package.
Add the “refill friendly” image to your website, itineraries and promo material.
Tour leaders/retreat operators – How many destinations on your tours and retreats can you get to be “refill friendly?”
Freaking out about the cost, time involved or loss of sales?
In my experience selling refills does not detract from drink sales, in fact clients are so grateful for the convenience and consideration shown, that it turns into a positive that goes beyond sales. Like everything to do with the hospitality industry you need systems in place to make this work – get your staff on board with your process.
Get a “refill friendly” attitude. Tell the story. Sell the benefits. Be proud to provide the service.
- Helps minimize waste from plastic water bottles.
- Eliminates the risk of dehydration. Drinking water makes us feel so refreshed that it actually improves our state of mind. Even mild dehydration can result in a significant drop-off in energy and mood; headaches; difficulty in concentrating and feeling fatigued. Drink Up!
- Convenience, especially when travelling in places where the tap water is not an option.
- Creates good habits. We should take a water bottle wherever we go in daily life. Office, gym, shopping, walking, commuting, picnics, events….
Step it up… let’s try to convert to planet friendly reusable water bottles.
Not all water bottles are equal. If you need a new water bottle why not invest in a planet friendly version. Design conscious? You’d like your water bottle to fit with your look? You’re spoilt for choice with some seriously gorgeous products out there. Personally, I turn to Biome for advice. Their product information on each bottle is so specific and useful. Whomever you buy from, take a minute to read the label.
Big things often start with small steps.
The need to clean up our planet is an overwhelming thought. Where to start? What to do? I believe that making ONE small change is the place to start. That ONE change is more likely to become a long term habit. Then move on to the next change.
Start with yourself…
Don’t leave home without a water bottle! The investment in a durable, no drips, eco-friendly, gorgeous water bottle is worth every $.
Invite others to join the campaign. As an Active Travel operator I consider it my job to make it easy for my guests to refill their water bottles. There are times when it’s just not possible, but I’ll do my best. Meanwhile, I’ll be spreading the word especially in Bali.
Let’s see what we can all by taking ONE step to make a difference….
*** POST UPDATE. Can’t believe I didn’t know about the REFILL MY BOTTLE website for Bali operators and travellers. Download their app for refill friendly places shown on a google map. The venues seem to be mainly involved in the wellness biz. Many in Ubud, not so many in the beach areas.
By the way… I want you to know I receive a commission for any purchases from my links to Biome.I’m happy to be collaborating with such a great company. Not only do they have amazing products, they’re environmentally sustainable and delve into the whole story of a product from human rights, cruelty free, zero waste, to supporting local. I love that they are so educational, helping every one of us take small steps to do less harm to our world. They really are a one stop shop.
And they are sooo friendly. They have a Refer a Friend Offer – Give $5, Get $5.
* I have no affiliations with other products/places in this post. I’ll always let you know if I have affiliate benefits happening.
get sleep, eat fresh, DRINK WATER, exercise, have fun, REPEAT