Kumarakom set to become India’s first plastic-free tourist spot
Kottayam: Drinking water in glass bottles and bamboo straws, Kumarakom is set to become India’s first plastic-free tourist centre. Star hotels here have initiated the mission by prohibiting one-time use plastic products.
Instead of providing water in plastic bottles in rooms, glass bottles are introduced. Instead of plastic straw, paper and bamboo products are used. Awareness notices against plastic are distributed among guests.
The project is implemented jointly by Chamber of Vembanad Hotels and Resorts (CVHR) and All Kerala Houseboat Owners Association and Kerala Travel Society under responsible tourism mission.
A two-month training was provided to employees for this. As the first phase of mission, 7000 cloth bags were distributed in hotels, said tourism mission coordinator K Rupesh Kumar.
CVHR secretary K Arunkumar said it is a great comfort that one-time use plastic has been avoided. In a 70-room hotel, 150-200 plastic bottles and straws were used. Now, the hotels in Kumarakom are gearing up to implement green protocol. Solar energy, waste management and many other procedures are initiated by CVHR.
Plastic collection centres have been opened at houseboat terminals in Kavanattinkara, Cheepunkal and Kaipuzhamuttu. This plastic waste will be recycled at Ettumanoor Industrial Estate.