Plastic, recycling and sustainability are all huge topics so what can you do to help when you are travelling to Ghana?
Did you know that over 3000 tonnes of waste plastics are generated in Ghana every day and only 2% is recycled? More than 250,000 tonnes or 23% of all plastic waste generated in a year in Ghana are expected to flow into the Atlantic Ocean so by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by weight.
It’s bad for us, our animals and the environment and as the rainy season starts we have to make an effort to prevent flooding.
So here are our top 10 tips for being more sustainable when in and traveling to Ghana
1. Bring a reusable shopping bag for every day use. Say no to plastic bags
2. Bring a reusable water bottle to keep you hydrated and stop you buying plastic Bottled water throughout the day
3. Don’t spend lots of money on new clothes before you come the reality is you are going to be sweaty and dusty 90% of the time. If you want new clothes buy some African material and ask a local tailor to make you whatever you want. Unique, handmade, beautiful and supporting a local business
4. Buy food fresh from your local market. No plastic packaging, it’s better for you and you will be supporting local farmers instead of big supermarket chains
5. If you are buying food on the streets take your own container and cutlery with you or go the more traditional route of being served your food in a lead and use your hands to eat.
6. Don’t bring plastic bottles of toiletries to Ghana. Not only are they heavy and take up lots of space in your bag they can’t be recycled here. Instead buy handmade products such as black soap, it’s amazing for your skin and is completely plastic free and cocoa butter or Shea butter made in Ghana.
7. Use a bamboo toothbrush and wooden cotton buds. Book swap with other volunteers.
8. Pure water sachets can be recycled so don’t throw them in the street. If you don’t collect them you can be sure a family near by would be grateful to add yours to their collection.
9. Say no to plastic straws. The beaches are littered with plastic so if you are treating yourself to a drink, get one in a glass bottle which can be recycled (but don’t forget to clean the top before you drink) and say no to a straw or plastic cup. If you really need a straw bring a reusable one with you.
10. Don’t throw away old clothes or shoes. Please donate them to charity to be reused or if you are planning a trip to Ghana bring them with you so they can be distributed to the kids on your project that really need them!
For more tips and ideas get in touch before you travel.