Your trip is CO2 positive - we compensate more than the entire CO2 emissions of your journey. That is not enough though. We also want to reduce average emissions per traveller.
★ Our goal is to reduce these emissions by 10% per traveller in 2020 and by 20% per traveller by the end of 2021.
A non-stop flight has significantly lower emissions than a flight with a transfer. That is why we want to actively encourage our travellers to opt for a non-stop flight. We do this by, among other things, giving our travellers a discount of € 100 per person if they opt for an alternative non-stop flight. In addition, we offer more non-stop flights. *(The above applies to those markets where we offer the possibility of booking international flights).
★ We want to ensure that 20% of our travellers opt for a non-stop flight by 2020. For 2021, we have set a target of 30%.
In addition to our steps to limit and offset emissions from our trips and from our office, we also want to organise our information days and club days so that they are climate neutral.
★ From 2020, all our information days and club days will be 100% climate neutral.
In addition to our steps to limit and compensate our travel emissions, it is also important that our office becomes CO2 positive.
★ In 2020, we will compensate 125% of our CO2 emissions.
Domestic flights also contribute towards pollution. However, there are often good alternatives such as the train and bus. This is not possible for all routes.
★ We want to reduce the number of domestic flights within our trips by 30% in 2020 and 40% by the end of 2021. For those domestic flights that we continue to offer, we will explain why we have made this choice.
Traditionally, we have mainly organised trips outside of Europe therefore, an international flight is almost inevitable. By developing more trips in Europe, we offer our customers more options to travel with a reduced carbon footprint.
★ In 2020, we offer 40 different trips in Europe and by 2021; this number will rise to around 100. (Please note this is based on the offers shown on our Netherlands website).
The increased number of trips in Europe means it may be possible for our travellers to travel by train to their destination. We want to promote this further still.
★ It is our aim that at the end of 2021 at least 20% of our travellers choose to travel by train to their European destination (instead of by plane).
The most environmentally friendly way to travel to the airport is by train.
★ Our aim is that in 2020 at least 70% of our travellers choose to travel by train to the airport of their departure (instead of by car).
We choose to support a large number of projects in our destinations. We work together with our local agencies for this. Our travellers can also support these projects.
★ We aim to double the donations for our local projects in 2020 and quadruple them in 2021.
We want to give the projects more attention on our websites. This gives our travellers a better picture of what they involve and in this way; we expect to be able to provide more support.
★ In 2020, we will gather further information on our projects and then in 2021 we want to start providing annual comprehensive updates to travellers who have made donations.
By offering local excursions, extra money is spent in situ, directly benefitting the local people.
★ By 2021, we will offer at least 2 optional excursions or tips for each trip so that you can make your visit more sustainable and reduce your carbon footprint.
We have held Travelife certification for a number of years already. In the future, we only want to work on location with agencies that have the same standards and values that we consider important. The best guarantee of this is if they are also certified.
★ At present, 35% of our local agencies have a sustainability certification. We want to increase this percentage to 70% in 2020. All agencies must be certified by the end of 2021.
Animal Welfare is inextricably linked to our policy. After all, travelling and animal suffering do not go together. For this reason, we have nothing to do with any excursions that are linked with animal suffering. Examples of such excursions are elephant rides and swimming with Dolphins.
★ In 2021, we will no longer offer excursions where direct contact with elephants and other animals is possible. Washing elephants for example, will no longer be possible.
At present, we do not measure how much money from our trips ends up with local entrepreneurs and the local community (accommodations, restaurants and transportation). We have decided to develop an Impact Score to provide insight into which part of the payments ultimately ends up locally.
★ In 2020, we want to have calculated the Impact Score for all our trips and in 2021 we want to increase this percentage by 10%.
Our travellers often sleep in small-scale accommodations. These accommodations have more atmosphere and many of our expenses end up in the local economy.
★ With the help of our local agencies, we aim to review our accommodations in 2020. In 2021, we will only use small-scale, locally owned hotels / accommodations. We will no longer use (international) hotel chains.
Plastic waste is becoming a bigger problem. In many places, the plastic accumulates and the waste is harmful. More and more projects are trying to combat the growing mountain of waste.
★ We aim to ensure that by 2021 our travellers no longer use disposable plastic water bottles & plastic bags during their tour. We want to achieve this by actively providing all travellers with tips in 2020 and by working together with our tour leaders/ guides and local partners to greatly reduce the use of plastic.
Tour leaders play a major role during our trips. Fortunately, our travellers greatly appreciate their contribution and rate them highly in the post-trip survey. Their central role means that they play a major part in making our trips more sustainable.
★ They provide tips and encourage our travellers to buy local products and eat in small, local restaurants.
Regular tour leader training keeps them up-to-date on sustainable travel and our policies.
★ By 2020, 100% of our tour leaders will have completed the "Leading the Way" training. We also want to expand our "sustainability module" - which we discuss during training sessions - and be more active with tips for our tour leaders.
Shoestring only use local tour leaders. In using local tour leaders, the local economy benefits from the trips that we organise in their country. As a sustainable travel organisation, we want to encourage this.
★ We keep the percentage of local tour leaders at 100%.