Within the destinations we operate
We sell holidays that are taking steps to actively reduce the negative impact of tourism on the local environment – this is integral to our business. Every holiday has been screened for its environmental criteria.
We provide a Good-Eco-Bag with a few meaningful gifts to take with you on your travels and use at home. These promote the concept of reuse, reduce and recycle.
Say ‘NO’ to carbon offsetting and ‘YES’ to carbon reduction.
We believe that carbon offsetting distracts us from the real and big issue, which is we should all aim to reduce our carbon emissions as much as possible in all areas of our lives, business practices and behaviours. Offsetting flights is often seen as an opportunity to continue to fly without making any consideration on how we can make better choices to ensure we have a greater positive impact on the local communities, cultures and people where we operate.
Office environmental, recycling and waste policy
We work under the principles of reduce, reuse then recycle. We are committed to continuous improvement in all areas within this policy and the education and training of all employees in environmental issues and the environmental effects of their activities.
Paper: We have invested in technology to reduce printing and paper waste. Our aim is to be a ‘paperless’ office except for essential documentation, and therefore use both sides of the paper before recycling. Printed materials are kept to a minimum as are business cards (which are made from recycled t-shirts). We only have one printer and do not photocopy.
Recycling and composting: We recycle as many materials as possible including paper, cardboard, printer cartridges, cans, plastic and tetrapaks. We also have an office compost bin for food including teabags and grounded coffee waste. Recycling and compostable materials are collected by the local council.
Single use plastic: As a team, we’re working hard to find ways to eliminate plastics from our working life, particularly single-use plastics. We’re definitely not perfect and we’re committed to improvement. Some of the steps we are taking include replacing plastic milk cartons with glass milk bottles provided by a local supplier; using eco dishwasher tablets without plastic wrappers, buying fruit loose and plastic free from our local ethical supermarket, refilling our washing up liquid, recycling our biscuit wrappers, providing a glass water dispenser, pens are made from recycled plastic and many of us come to work with re-usable coffee cups and water bottles, as well as lunchboxes.
Transport: We encourage our staff to use public transport (rather than private vehicles) whilst on company business. Employees are encouraged to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to work and some work from home thus reducing their carbon footprint. We are also part of the Bike2Work Scheme, enabling employees to purchase their own bicycle tax free. For business travel our staff are mindful of the environment and the company philosophy to ‘go slow’ and spend adequate time getting to know local suppliers so where possible we strive to deliver this.
Energy use: In our office we fit LED energy saving bulbs and our policy is to turn off (not leave on standby) PCs and other electrical items overnight or during holidays, and we turn off our computer monitors during lunch breaks and meetings.
Purchasing: We buy recycled, biodegradable and Fairtrade products, including recycled printer toners where possible and refill containers. Old furniture and pieces of computer equipment are donated to local charities.
Suppliers: We expect high environmental standards from our suppliers where possible. We use green energy provider www.outfoxthemarket.co.uk which uses Wind Only as its source and our office cleaning company was chosen for its green principles.