A local craftsman from central Việt Nam is trying to replace single-use plastic straws with reusable bamboo alternatives at hotels, resorts and restaurants in Hội An, Đà Nẵng, Nha Trang and Phú Quốc.
Võ Tấn Tân said the project started early this year to raise a campaign to say no to plastic straws and single-use plastic cups in Hội An.
He said bamboo straws were the latest environmentally friendly product being made at his workshop in Cẩm Thanh Commune – an eco-tour site – that boasts 40ha of nipa palm forest.
Tân said he also offered a tour that to teach guests about traditional crafts made from bamboo and a kayaking tour to clean up the river.
The craftsman said his workshop could produce 20,000 bamboo straws each month without the use of chemicals.
Cẩm Thanh Cmmune – 5km from Hội An – offers bicycle tours and trips in coracle boats through the nipa palm forest. Earlier this year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched a communication campaign to promote the non-use of plastic bags as a prelude to its sea turtle conservation programme on Lý Sơn Island in Quảng Ngãi Province and Chàm Island in Hội An.
The programme, entitled Down 1 bottle, Save the Future, aims to encourage hotel owners and tour operators to provide free drinking water for tourists visiting the Lý Sơn Islands following an initiative, Refill, Not Landfill.