Reduction of disposable and consumable goods
The reusability/recyclability of goods procured is checked, and an effort is made to upgrade to more reusable or recyclable brands or alternatives.
The reusability/recyclability of goods procured is checked, and an effort is made to upgrade to more reusable or recyclable brands or alternatives. As far as possible we also procure materials that are eco friendly and from suppliers who are accredited as such (wherever possible and feasible)
Paper and Printing
Wheat and straw-based paper are used for all official printing purposes. The paper is certified by ISO standards. Additionally, the brand supports reforestation initiatives. Soft copy documents are provided to guests to reduce the need for printing. Printing and copying (if necessary) are done primarily double-sided. We do not print promotional materials or brochures and have thus far relied on brochures and online promotions.
We primarily use bio enzyme cleaners that are made in-house.
- Electricity and fuel are saved wherever possible. Whoever is not necessarily needed in the office works from home in order to conserve office energy.
- All lighting used is by energy-efficient LEDs.
- Electrical equipment (including air conditioning and lighting) is switched off during breaks and after office hours.
- When buying new equipment, the company gives preference to low-energy equipment, based on the highest local available standards.
- Air cooling/heating equipment and refrigerators are set to energy-saving modes.
Water and Chemicals
The company makes a conscious effort to reduce water by
- Monitoring and fixing leaks, whenever encountered.
- Use of dual-flush toilets
- Reduction in use of water for cleaning
- Wastewater, including greywater, is disposed of through government-provided sewage systems
- Bio enzymes and natural cleaners are used. Herbal pesticides are preferred for pest control.
- Any harmful chemicals are disposed of as per government regulations.
- Waste is segregated and disposed of as per government regulations and compliances.
- Disposable items are not used as far as possible.
- Bulk purchasing is done to reduce the waste of packaging material.
- As far as possible, soft copies of documents are used. For any documents printed for internal purposes, double-sided printing, or printing on waste paper is carried out.
- Printers and copiers are run on refillable cartridges
- Paper and other materials are sent to recyclers and/or scrap dealers who recycle
- Presents for guests are usually in biodegradable packaging, reused packaging, or unwrapped
- Single-use plastic bottles are no longer used in the office
- Rechargeable batteries are used for cameras. We do not use powercut inverter batteries.
Travel and Mobility
- The most sustainable mode of transport, including options such as carpooling and public transport, is advised and used for staff and official travel.
- Only necessary staff commutes to the office on a daily basis. The majority of employees work from home and communicate through teleconferencing
- The most sustainable transport options to and from a destination (while also considering time and cost constraints) for guests are selected and preferred
- The most sustainable transport options to and from a destination (while also considering time and cost constraints) are selected and preferred
- More sustainable options are offered to guests for transfers and excursions and are preferred by the company. Guests can select options based on their comfort levels
Training and Awareness
- Office employees and field and lodge staff periodically undergo training.
- These training modules include an assessment of current environmental practices (including water, waste, and energy management)
- All properties owned by the company adhere to all legal requirements for the concerned areas
- Development is carried out in such a way as to reduce impact to the surrounding environment
Partners and Suppliers
- We have partnered with agencies that are either engaged (or engaging) in the Travelife program, or are certified by any other such organization. For those who are not engaged with any such organization, we are encouraging them to do so.
- We often ensure that our partners have read our Sustainability Policy and are aware of it.
- We do not partner with any agencies or suppliers that engage in child labor.
- Accommodations that follow more sustainable practices are preferred and selected over those which implement less sustainable practices, wherever possible. Informal training with respect to sustainable management practices is given to accommodations
- We give preference to accommodation partners who are certified and/or recognized by GSTC, Travelife, or any organization, or those who are working towards certification. Due to this, we have been able to give clients a more authentic experience (which they have appreciated) and able to truthfully market our accommodation partners as sustainable.
- Our accommodation partners and community-based tourism partners are encouraged to take part in training programs that are provided either by us or our partner Planeterra.
- We are currently working with Planeterra on identifying, training, and working with community-based sustainable tourism initiatives. We are also working with the Ittu Sa Restaurant at Heritage Village in Chhoti Haldwani to provide authentic local meals and help train locals there as wildlife and birdwatching guides.
- Accommodations that follow more sustainable practices are preferred and recommended more often to clients over those which implement less sustainable practices, wherever possible.
- Accommodation partners that display and promote local art and/or architecture (without exploiting or wrongly appropriating local culture in any way) are given preference.
- We do not support any accommodation that carries out or supports any illegal activity.
- Although we have not had any need as yet, we will terminate any business relations with accommodations that regularly fail to provide basic services to clients. Feedback forms are always provided to clients in which they are encouraged to put down any grievances. If our representative is accompanying the client then this communication is usually given to the accommodation manager directly, as well as conveyed to our office.
Sustainable holidays and activities
- Sustainable packages have been created taking into account transport options, accommodation, activities offered. These are given preference when marketing and/or offering to clients.
- Non-sustainable activities at excursion bases are not supported. In addition, we provide awareness to the general public of the negative impacts of such services
- Sportfishing or hunting is not carried out or offered by any of our tours as they are not permitted. All visits for wildlife viewing or visiting traditional communities are done as per legal requirements (wherever applicable). Captive animal attractions are discouraged.
- The company offers no activities that harm humans, animals, plants, natural resources (e.g. water/energy), or which are socially/culturally unacceptable.
- No wildlife species are harvested as souvenirs. Souvenirs that involve wildlife species are only bought from reputed suppliers who are permitted by concerned authorities and laws.
- Guests are guided by certified and skilled guides (usually local) at the concerned sites.
- Additional activities are added to our itineraries that showcase local NGO/charity/community work.
- eg. Wildlife tours to Ranthambhore National Park often involve visits to a local woman-empowerment community movement. These women make handicrafts that can be bought by tourists as souvenirs, providing them with income and capital
- The company includes packages or promotions to clients, excursions, and activities that support the local environment and biodiversity.
- We ensure that tour leaders and guides understand their roles and terms. Such terms are periodically discussed professionally.
- Destinations that do not meet our sustainability requirements are not chosen. Preference is given to those destinations that meet our requirements.