Where you spend your travel budget is a message business owners do understand. They can see it in their balance sheet, that implementing more green measures is ultimately a smart commercial decision, even though it will cost them to implement and invest in “operating green(er)
If consumers choose more consciously, then it is not even even necessary to convince business owners of a higher cause or argue a case for a better world.
We can decide to value and support businesses that
- implement recycling efforts
- install proper wastewater treatment
- implement energy-saving efforts
- stop using and distributing plastic bags, plastic straws
- use more eco-friendly “to-go”-packaging
- no plastic bag regulations
- stop using plastic bottled amenities
- install in solar equipment
- pay fair salaries and obey labour regulations
All these efforts cost something for any business owner, and in a highly competitive business environment like Bali not all owners feel motivated to invest in “green”.
For the traveler it could mean to pay sometimes a bit more for a beer, a salad, or a shirt because running an environmentally friendly business is (still) more expensive than not caring where the garbage goes or obeying labour regulations.
Are you willing to contribute?
Bali needs to become greener if it wants to survive and not go down in glory. Naturally not everybody will be concerned about the future of Bali and the preservation of this beautiful island. There are enough residents and tourists who don’t care. Sometimes because of greed, sometimes because they still fight for survival, sometimes because of lack of knowledge and education.
But we do not need nor convince everybody. Scientists estimate that only 10-15% of a group in a business-driven environment need to change to have a big enough impact on the others to initiate systemic changes.
So let’s be part of this 15%. Let’s become part of the solution and not be part of the problem.