Travelife is working with ABTA, The Travel Association, and the Travel Foundation on the Make Holidays Greener campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cleaner, greener beaches and how to reduce plastic waste.
It is estimated that about 6.4 million tonnes of plastic washes into our oceans each year and the total will increase ten-fold by 2020. From cigarette ends and shopping bags, to crisp packets and bottles, the waste is not only unsightly but causes serious damage to marine wildlife. And as plastic doesn't biodegrade, tiny plastic 'microparticles' are entering our food chain.
Help us start turning the tide on this global issue by taking a few simple steps to help Make Holidays Greener by following the top tips below when you pack your bag for the beach or a trip away:
Follow the Make Holidays Greener #MHG2016 hashtag for news updates, competitions and give-aways.
Find out more about the Make Holidays Greener campaign and what Travelife hotels are doing to support it.
For more tips to making your trip more sustainable visit the Make Holidays Greener website.
Find out more about Travelife certification here.