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05 June 2018: Melbourne based small group tour operator, Autopia Tours (Part of the Get Lost Travel Group – GLT) have announced that from today, they will be discontinuing the use of all single-use plastic items from daily operations and looking to dramatically reduce their plastic pollution overall.

From today, Autopia will discontinue distributing single-use ponchos to customers across it’s Victorian and New South Wales touring programs. Likewise, individual plastic-wrapped candies will be discontinued in favour of more environmentally friendly substitutes.

As well as removing single-use plastics, Autopia will also be providing their team with reusable coffee cups in order to reduce the number of non-biodegradable disposable takeaway cups currently being consumed.

GLT Group GM, Kerry Tate said “At GLT we believe that small things can have a massive impact, and I’m incredibly proud of the team for making a stand in favour of our environment, and we fully encourage other tour operators to follow suit”

The announcement, coinciding with World Environment Day, and this year’s theme of ‘beating plastic pollution’ comes just a week after the first departure of the group’s “Trash Bags On Tour” beach clean-up program. The eco-initiative headed up by GLT staff which raised awareness on the effects of rubbish pollution on our coastal environments and collected more than 35kg of plastic waste from the iconic Great Ocean Road’s, Memorial Arch alone.

The announcement extends Autopia’s commitment to the environment which currently sees it support a number of local wildlife organisations, offset 100% of all vehicle and transport carbon emissions, and provide its Williamstown North office and depot with solar-generated electricity. 

More on Autopia’s green initiatives can be found here

Get Lost Travel Group (GLT):

GLT is Australia’s largest niche touring group with brands including Wildlife Tours, Autopia Tours, Melbourne Boutique and MTB Adventures. In 2017, Autopia was crowned Victoria’s number one Tour & Transport operator at the Victorian Tourism Awards.

Team Autopia Trash Bags on Tour initiative – cleaning up the destinations we visit.