A ‘Zero plastic waste tourism’ campaign was promoted at a conference in Quang Nam province’s Hoi An city in Vietnam last week with the participation of 200 representatives of NGOs, Unesco and businesses. As well as boosting communications on plastic waste, some members of the Quang Nam provincial tourism association (QTA) have applied their own solutions to reduce and recycle waste and plastic waste in restaurants and hotel kitchens. Vu Thi My Hanh, manager of the An Nhien Farm, a member of QTA, said Field restaurant in Hoi An has begun recycling organic waste from the kitchen to reduce daily waste released into the environment by 10kg to 15kg. Meanwhile, organic waste is recycled into 30kg of materials to create chemical-free dish-washing liquid at the restaurant each month. Hanh said Sapo – a natural handmade soap firm in Hoi An – alone has recycled 300 litres of used-cooking oil to produce chemical-free kitchen soap over the last five years. “We have collected and recycled 300kg of single-use soap at hotels and resorts into usable soaps for poor people, while 1.5 tonnes of old mattress covers have been used to make school uniforms for poor children and curt...