Koh Tao is big on environmentally-friendly practices. Our small island relies on its pristine beaches, clear blue ocean, and picturesque landscape to keep tourists returning year after year. So the local community is passionate about environmental issues and pulling together to make the island a clean and sustainable destination of choice.
From proactively reducing waste to putting a whole heap of energy into research and sustainability projects, Koh Tao goes the extra mile when it comes to protecting and conserving our environment.
Styrofoam is toxic to our environment. It takes over 500 years to decompose and releases harmful chemicals in the process. Styrofoam containers were banned on Koh Tao in 2011. All takeaway containers are now biodegradable or reusable, and many businesses will give discounts to customers who bring their own containers when collecting orders.
More tourists equate to a higher demand for drinking water. But this doesn’t have to mean more single-use plastic waste. There are several initiatives on Koh Tao to reduce the use of plastic for water consumption:
All reputable dive centers organize land and sea cleanups regularly, and some even have entire eco divisions with courses and workshops available. However, many collaborations and independent groups also run regular cleanups to remove plastic and other litter from our shorelines.
What to do with all the plastic and trash that is collected? There are some fantastic recycling and upcycling initiatives on Koh Tao, including:
A selection of residents are working on increasing the island’s turtle population. In partnership with the DMCR (Department of Marine & Coastal Resources), these initiatives raise, research, observe, and release turtles to bolster and increase the health of the overall population.
Community gardens, organic composting, solar panel installations, and the natural production of biogas are just a few strategies some local businesses are using to decrease their consumption levels and work towards more sustainable practices.
As an island known globally as a SCUBA diving mecca, it should be no surprise that the community is active in marine data collection and research. From surveying coral reefs to monitoring marine life populations and reporting sightings of key indicator species, the entire diving community plays a role in marine conservation.
Whether you are on Koh Tao for a day, a week, a month, or a year, we ask for your cooperation in keeping Koh Tao clean, safe, and beautiful for our next visitors. Here are a few easy ways you can help.
As an island known Even if you don’t have room for extra reusable containers and bottles in your luggage, you can still say no to plastic straws in your drinks and plastic bags when you shop. Every little helps!
When it rains, trash from the land gets washed down to the beach. And what’s left on the beach ends up in the ocean. So enjoy the scenery and take in the sights as much as you want. But please protect our beaches and precious marine life by taking your trash with you when you go.
Do your bit for the environment and snag yourself some holiday souvenirs at the same time by purchasing a reusable straw, bottle, or bag. You can also sign up for a recycling or upcycling workshop, take an eco-tour, or join one of the many clean-up initiatives. The more, the merrier!