Intrepid Travel has given away more than 15,000 cotton bags to travellers in Thailand since 2005. Each printed with the important message, ‘Intrepid Supports No To Plastic’.
In addition to being a trendy keepsake, these bags have contributed directly to a cleaner and greener world in a remarkable number of ways…
The bags are produced by a women’s cooperative named Tae Moh Hai, or Our Friends Hands, in Sri Saket, north-eastern Thailand. The initiative was set up by ex-Intrepid Group Leader Dtor Dtae in her home village, to create work for families and to motivate local people to support environmental conservation.
Five years on, income from this project has helped 30 local women climb out of debt, and provided opportunities for family members to work in the village and stay together, rather than being forced to find work in the city. More than a third of the income from the project has been used to fund environmental activities: such as supporting the local youth group to plant more than 900 trees and buying land for local silk weavers to plant trees for a natural dying project.
So, if you are lucky enough to receive an Intrepid bag, you’ll now be able to imagine the journey that it’s taken to reach your shoulder!