Friday, April 9, 2010

Costa Rica Eco-Tourism

With tourism growing in Costa Rica and well over 1 million tourist arriving every year water bottles are usually the first request when getting off the plane. With the heat, sun, and adventures water is a must when traveling in Costa Rica. Lets just take 1 million tourist on 8 day adventures drinking two bottles of water per day. 8 days x 2 bottles = 16 bottles x 1 million tourist = 16 million plastic bottles (this is a low estimate but it should get the point across). With our company dealing with student travel in Costa Rica we really want to take advantage of the fact that we have the stage to teach. A rule on our student trips is that no plastic water bottles for the whole week. This means that each student gets their own bottle on the first day and we have larger containers of purified water that we refill each container. The bottles we use are oxo-biodegradable. The plastic container is completely degradable and has a useful life of approximately 36 months. If discarded, the product will become part of the environment leaving no methane, toxic residues or harmful fragments. Plastic wataer bottles are a big expense on oil. It takes 1.5 million barrels of oil annually to satisfy America's demand for bottle water. If this oil was converted to gasonline it could fuel 500,000 station wagons to take their families on a trip of the USA coast to coast. The USA's shortest point from coast to coast is 2,092 miles and Costa Rica is just 54 miles coast to coast. So just think about how many station wagons can go coast to coast in Costa Rica.

Family Vacation Specialist
Costa Rican Resource

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