With Hawai’i removing single-use plastics from the islands and California banning single-use toiletries from all hotel rooms, scores of companies and organizations are getting on board to reduce the amount of plastic they use. But, for the first time, an entire country, France, will get behind this initiative in the name of Mother Nature.
A few years ago, the French government passed a law (to go into effect this year) that bans the majority of plastic cups, plates and cutlery throughout the country. The law includes one exception: utensils composed of at least 50 percent disposable and biodegradable materials (a figure that will increase to 60 percent in 2025).
With approximately 4.73 billion plastic cups deposited in the trash each year and with only 1 percent of plastic cups going into the recycling bin, this new law will change how French citizens view and buy single-use products.
In 2015, France banned plastic bags as part of its Energy Transition for Green Growth Act. As part of this initiative, as well as the new law, plus France’s position as the host of the historic COP21 summit in 2015, France hopes to establish itself as a leader in reducing green gas emissions and increasing its use of renewable energy sources.
Travelers go on trips for various reasons: Some love to enjoy unique culinary experiences, while others want to explore new cultures and have authentic local experiences. Whatever the reason, vacations should have one thing in common — rest. In fact, healing and healthy ways to boost the immune system are trending topics now and Korean-style wellness is just what you need on future trips. At the 48 recommended wellness travel destinations in Korea, visitors can relax and recharge by enjoying different types of Korean therapy and participating in programs that seek healing in nature. Stay at home and visit Korea for a wellness vacation when it's safe to travel again.
For some extremely last-minute holiday gifts this year, you can still give back by gifting with the all-new Adopt an Animal program with Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Based in Springfield, Missouri, the museum’s virtual program allows would-be guests and nature lovers around the country to connect with the 35,000 resident animals of Wonders of Wildlife.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.