Bhutan is unique in many ways. It was the last country in the world to get TV, the world's first non-smoking country, and the only country on earth that is carbon negative. Home to only about 700,000 people, more than seventy percent of Bhutan is covered with old growth forest.
Tourism is a valuable economic resource for Bhutan, but only as long as visitors do not leave a negative footprint. Footprints can include all kinds of bad habits, whether they be personal, cultural or material. We do not have the resources to deal with all the non-organic trash that tourists leave behind, so it ends up in landfill. Plastic--a material that never degrades--is a particularly bad problem. For that reason, we do not give away plastic bottles of water. Instead we ask that our guests bring their own refillable container so that they do not contribute to Bhutan's unnecessary landfill. You can read more about what we ask of our customers here: Ways To Be A Responsible Visitor to Bhutan
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