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Both already 100% carbon-neutral, Natural Habitat Adventures and Intrepid Travel are two innovative companies that have doubled down on combating climate change through compelling tactics.
Last July, Natural Habitat Adventures held a weeklong zero-waste safari through Yellowstone National Park, and the group of 12 travelers were allotted one quart-size mason jar to hold their collective trash. Guests also received zero-waste toolkits with reusable items such as bamboo cutlery, water bottles, mugs and tote bags. In addition to partnering with TerraCycle, which breaks down difficult-to-recycle items, the tour operator transported family-style meals in reusable containers and composted leftover food and biodegradable napkins.
By the trip’s end, the group saw 50.9 pounds of waste recycled, reused, refused and composted. (According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American creates about 4.4 pounds of trash per day.) Natural Habitat Adventures plans to apply key takeaways from its successful zero-waste trip to reduce waste across its other itineraries.
Meanwhile, in January, Intrepid launched a partnership with Offset Earth, a subscription service that not only offsets carbon emissions by funding CO2 reduction projects, but also plants trees with nonprofit organization Eden Reforestation Projects. Intrepid will match subscribers tree for tree, thus doubling their offset contribution, and the trees will be planted in Kenya’s Kijabe Forest.
This initiative is another example of Intrepid’s “climate positive” business model: It not only offsets its carbon output, but also removes additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
It’s more vital than ever that other operators also put some skin in the game to combat climate change.
The DetailsIntrepid Travelwww.intrepidtravel.com
Natural Habitat Adventureswww.nathab.com