Take a Sustainable and Plastic Free Camino de Santiago

Take a Sustainable and Plastic Free Camino de Santiago


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On the occasion of the International Day without plastic bags, this week we distribute free cloth bags with which to contribute to achieving a Sustainable Way.

Under the slogan 'Your footprints can change the world, take the action', we invite all pilgrims who are walking any of the Jacobean Routes to promote a Camino free of plastic and other waste, as well as to acquire more sustainable habits during the Route.

With this initiative, Correos joins the International Day without plastic bags to be held this Sunday, July 3, and which aims to end a very serious global pollution problem.

All those pilgrims who want to get one of the cloth bags can approach the post offices of:

  • Jaca (Aragón) | Calle de los Pirineos, 8.
  • Burguete (Navarra) | San Nicolás, 30.
  • Pamplona (Navarra) | Pablo de Sarasate. 9.
  • Logroño (La Rioja) | Calle Once de Junio, 1.
  • Burgos (Castilla y León) | Plaza Conde de Castro, 1.
  • León (Castilla y León) | Jardín de San Francisco, 2.
  • Ponferrada (Castilla y León) | General Vives, 1.
  • Irún (País Vasco) | Luis Mariano, 45.
  • San Sebastián (País Vasco) | Urdaneta, 7.
  • Bilbao (País Vasco) | Alameda de Urquijo, 19.
  • Santander (Cantabria) | Plaza Alfonso XIII, 2.
  • Oviedo (Asturias) | Alonso Quintanilla, 1.
  • Sarria (Galicia) | Calvo Sotelo, 183.
  • Monforte de Lemos (Galicia) | Rúa Conde, 1.
  • Ferrol (Galicia) | Plaza de  Galicia, s/n.

The bags will be distributed from today, Monday 27 June, until next Friday, 1 July, during the opening hours of the post offices indicated.

Sustainable habits in the Camino de Santiago

Although pilgrims are usually conscientious people who try to minimize their impact on the Jacobean Routes, plastic is a serious environmental problem that is no stranger to the Camino de Santiago. 

Did you know that a single-use plastic bag takes decades to degrade? And it does so by releasing hundreds of thousands of fragments of microplastics that cause major problems of environmental pollution and damage to living beings. In return, its average use is about 12 minutes. 

It is clear that this situation is not sustainable and that the solution lies in their elimination and the use of reusable bags. A cause to which Correos wants to contribute with this action that is part of #CaminoSostenible, the initiative with which we want to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reflect on them and carry out small actions on the Camino de Santiago that contribute to their achievement.

The use of reusable bags is not the only thing we can do to achieve sustainability in the Jacobean Routes. The Way of St. James is the perfect setting to implement other more sustainable consumption habits. For example, buy products that are minimally packaged, walk with a refillable water bottle or bet on the rule of the 3Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle.

Responsible consumption also means avoiding compulsive shopping and buying wisely or choosing seasonal products, which taste better, are cheaper and are more environmentally friendly. And, whenever possible, the best option is to buy local, supporting local businesses and helping people to keep their jobs. 

You can find more tips on how to improve our daily habits and make them more environmentally friendly in our Sustainable Way section.

Take the action

For those of you who are travelling along a Jacobean Route this week, we invite you to join in the action. If you pick up any of our bags, do not hesitate to share it with us on social networks (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) with the hashtag #CaminoSostenible. And tell us what other sustainable practices you carry out during your stages.

For a sustainable and plastic-free Camino de Santiago! ¡Buen Camino!

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