We’re aware of the negative impact air travel and ground transportation can have on our planet. That said we also know that travel is a force for good when planned with care—and we believe that’s our responsibility. When you book a journey with us, it’s sustainable—full stop. Consider us the slow fashion equivalent of travel: ethical, intentional, and connection-based.
We absorb 100 per cent of the carbon footprint generated by our client and staff flights and ground transportation through our financing of large reforestation projects around the world. Our participation in the new €100m Livelihoods Carbon Fund combats climate change by taking a highly practical approach designed to have maximum social and economic benefit in destinations on the front line.
Ways we reduce CO2 emissions
- We choose partners who focus on community and environmental conservation.
- We work with small, family owned and operated businesses who have sustainability at the forefront of their minds, focusing on employing locally and sourcing food locally.
- We encourage you to visit properties that have electric safari vehicles and boats.
- We seek out solar-powered and energy efficient properties.
- We print all of our marketing materials on FSC-certified paper.
FSC-certified sourced from forests that are responsibly managed
We believe in making positive change by carefully sourcing the material we print on, continually integrating environmentally-conscious practices, and supporting the conservation of our planet. We print our marketing materials with Smartpress because they use recycled paper that’s certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), sourced from forests that are responsibly managed.
7400 trees planted daily
How does carbon absorption work?
Today, air transport accounts for three per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and this is rising exponentially. Even if green technology continues to advance, over the next ten years it will remain difficult to travel ‘clean’. The only concrete option is to absorb CO2 emissions, particularly through tree planting. By financing reforestation projects around the world, we contribute to the absorption of carbon dioxide. Every day, 7,400 trees are planted, or about 2.7 million trees a year.
100 per cent carbon absorption
What is carbon neutrality?
Each trip made by our clients and staff has a measurable impact on global warming. We can calculate precisely the amount of CO2 emissions related to our clients and team’s travels. This makes it possible to know the exact number of trees that need to be planted in order to absorb the CO2 created.
2030 in the spotlight
According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), it will take ten years to
reduce our CO2 emissions by 50 per cent to stay below a temperature increase of 1.5°—the critical threshold of global warming. The second phase involves achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050, an extreme goal but one that is achievable if all countries and industries work together, starting today.
3.54 tons of CO2
This is the carbon footprint of a return economy class flight from New York to Cape Town. This equates to over half the annual carbon quota that each person should adhere to in order to keep levels of global warming within sustainable levels (a maximum personal emissions total of 5 tons of CO2 per year). To absorb the CO2 emissions from this flight, 20 trees should be planted.
Three key ideas
Solutions exist. The airline industry already has the means to reduce its ecological impact. We encourage tourism stakeholders to follow three essential points:
- Develop technology to reduce use of aviation fuel
- Fund the transition to green hydrogen
- Absorb the CO2 balance through reforestation projects financed by a targeted tax
250 projects supported
Our Foundation, created in 2009, supports a number of humanitarian projects in developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Since 2009, nearly $1.7 million (£1,400,000) has been invested in the support of over 250 projects in 30 countries.
Four major reforestation projects
INDIA: In the Sundarbans region, threatened by the rising waters, the NGO News has worked with the local population to replant 16 million mangroves.
INDONESIA: The island of Sumatra has lost 50 per cent of its forest in 40 years. NGO Yagasu has replanted 32 million trees. It also carries out social actions, participates in scientific research and contributes to mammal protection.
SENEGAL: Since 2006, the association Oceanium has worked for the protection of the environment and the restoration of the mangrove. In total, 100 million trees have been planted!
PERU: The province of Saint-Martin, in the north of the country, is 97 per cent primary forest. The PUR Projet association protects over 741,000 acres by encouraging new forms of management, such as agroforestry. And thanks to their hard work, more than two million trees have been planted to date.