The founders of Animal Experience International — an animal volunteer organization in Canada — weren’t business geniuses from the start. They were just really driven (and a little naive). … Read More
Even for the eco-conscious, travel presents a challenge. Plane flights, food purchases, single-use products at hotels are a few of the challenges that can make it difficult to maintain a conscientious lifestyle when on the road.
When it comes to company travel, the first, most environmentally aware question before booking a flight: “Is this travel necessary for my business?” If the answer is “yes,” there are ways to minimize the impact of travel on the environment.
One way individuals and organizations are addressing the environmental impact of their travel is by purchasing carbon offsets. Thought their impact is debated, the fact remains that funding the planting of trees or purchasing renewable energy credits are in themselves positive actions. If carbon offsetting is unfamiliar, check the post Your Carbon Offsetting Questions Answered.
One organization, Trip Zero, promises to offset entire trips, free. Reho Travel, a boutique travel agency, helps coordinate trips to explore impact and provide an ethical way to learn about new regions of the global. Through such programs and agencies, companies can reduce their carbon and pollutant output despite necessary business travel.
Enterprises under the label “ecotourism” seek to provide a way for travelers to explore the world without leaving a damaging footprint. Often, these trips include an exploration of the natural world and have become especially popular in the world’s rainforests and as a means to take an African safari. Other groups, such as Animal Experience International, offer immersion trips that include a project or volunteer opportunity.
On a more personal level, the products, clothing and food taken or purchased on a trip can either increase or lessen a trip’s environmental footprint. Long-lasting, ethically produced clothing and travel bags, reusable water bottles instead of single-use plastic bottles these are just a few of the decisions that eco- and socially conscientious travelers should consider. For examples of ethical clothing and sustainable product brands, read our free report.
Online directory and customized travel-recommender Vendedy relies on travelers to power its global street-market directory — benefiting other tourists and street vendors in the process. … Read More
In this quick ethical gift guide we concentrate on the outdoors. We all know individuals that love to hike, trek, and camp, so we put together a gift guide for those individuals with some of the essential items we think they will love. … Read More