Natural Habitat Adventures has just launched the world’s first zero-waste trip and we are so on board with this.
On the 6th-12th of July 2019 departure of Safari America: Yellowstone Country, 14 travellers will join this pioneering endeavour in which Nat Hab’s goal is to divert (refuse, recycle, compost, upcycle, or re-use) 99% or more of all waste produced as part of Nat Hab-sponsored trip operations.
With the trip, Nat Hab aims to fit all waste produced on the trip into a single small container at the end, nearly eliminating the need to send any materials to a landfill or incinerator.
The company has devised various strategies to limit trash: providing travellers with a zero-waste toolkit that includes personal reusable items such as water bottles, mugs, cutlery and tote bags; transporting packed meals in reusable containers; recycling single-use packaging, including hard-to-recycle items through TerraCycle; composting napkins and biodegradable food waste; and buying food in bulk.
And they’re not just doing this to keep up with trends: Nat Hab said it is committed to setting a new standard for the travel industry.
By demonstrating that it is possible to operate a zero-waste adventure, the company hopes to motivate other operators to improve their own waste management practices and pursue similar innovations.
“One way we’re dedicated to protecting the planet is to inspire the travel industry to become more sustainable,” said Natural Habitat Adventures Founder & President Ben Bressler.
“Our goal is to continually raise the bar on conservation, and our first zero waste adventure will show that it’s possible to reduce our environmental impact while providing an exceptional experience for our guests.”
The company also hopes to inspire its travellers and partners to make conscious choices about waste in their everyday lives and business practices, and create a long-lasting ripple effect.
The company is also dedicated to eliminating single-use plastic water bottles and straws on all its trips.
Since 2014, Nat Hab has provided travellers with refillable stainless-steel water bottles, replacing disposable plastic bottles across all operations. And it is currently achieving major strides in reducing the use of plastic straws.
By August 2018, 67 per cent of Nat Hab trips were plastic-straw-free, and the company is on target to eradicate plastic straws from at least 90 per cent of its trips by the end of the year, with a goal of eliminating them entirely in 2019.
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