Skift Global Forum is our largest event of the year, with 1,100+ attendees coming from 40+ countries. We provide multiple meals for attendees and refreshments throughout the 1.5 day conference, so you can imagine how this creates waste.

This year, Skift is very excited to join forces with Refill not Landfill. As part of the global effort to reduce single use plastic bottles, all attendees will be able to grab reusable water bottles that can be filled at any of the refill stations located throughout our venue, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall!

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Refill Not Landfill was started by the managing director of a small 26-room luxury boutique hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. As managing director of Jaya House, Christian De Boer created the program as a campaign aimed at revolutionizing the way water is consumed by tourists in the region. The ultimate goal of Refill Not Landfill is to substantially reduce the amount of plastic waste produced in the region, and even change its entire landscape.

At the foot of Angkor Wat — one of the most famous and increasingly popular tourist sites in the world — de Boer started the program with more than 40 companies in the travel and hospitality industries to come together and replace one-use-only plastic water bottles with reusable aluminum bottles refillable at designated venues across the city.

Since its inception 16 months ago, Refill not Landfill has been responsible for saving 1.2 million plastic bottles. Hotels, restaurants and other companies simply provide branded bottles and there are refill stations throughout the country that are identified on a map. From an initial launch location in Siem Reap, the program expanded to other cities in Cambodia, including Phnom Phen, as well as in Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar.

Skift is thrilled to be a part of this important initiative. Christian himself will be at Global Forum where he hopes to meet you. We also have a session focusing on sustainable tourism with Muna Haddad, Founder and Managing Director of BARAKA. You can do your part to conserve plastic use at events by joining us at Skift Global Forum!

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We hope these efforts will inspire everyone to think about how to implement similar programs in their respective companies/properties, etc. You can find more information on the Refill not Landfill effort here.

To become a partner or for any other questions about Skift events, email forum@skift.com.