As co-founder of the not-for-profit Refill NOT Landfill in Cambodia, Christian de Boer claims a hotel can obliterate its reliance on plastic water bottles in about 15 minutes. All it takes is willpower, a signature, and a willingness to absorb or pass on about a dollar a day per guest.
With more than a decade’s worth of hotel management experience in Cambodia, Mr de Boer is also Managing Director of the Jaya House RiverPark in Siem Reap. Siem Reap is the booming tourist town that services the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat. Cambodia is a developing country without recycling facilities. This combination of fast economic growth and lack of infrastructure is a recipe for overflowing landfills and roadside trash piles; an outcome Mr de Boer is determined to help the Kingdom of Wonder avoid.
In this 18-minute podcast, Mr de Boer talks to “GT” publisher David Gillbanks over a scratchy Skype connection. In the player embedded at the top of this post, click play to listen now or download to listen later. (About podcasts & how to subscribe to The “Good Tourism” Podcast.) Alternatively, listen to it via YouTube embedded below (audio only):