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7 Ways Your Company Can Help Save Sea Turtles

Help end demand for turtle shell products. Souvenirs made from the shell of endangered hawksbill sea turtles are sold to travelers around Asia. Educate your travelers on how and why to avoid these products. Join our Too Rare to Wear campaign for free resources to share. Reduce plastic waste. Plastic in the ocean impacts sea turtles and other wildlife and more »


World Tuna Day is approaching – let’s talk Sustainable Seafood!

Sustainable seafood is a relatively new concept and as the world population keeps growing exponentially, the over exploitation of wildlife continues to impact marine species. The many great qualities of tuna have led to an overwhelming demand for the fish. Hotels are amongst the largest seafood buyers in the world, with some large hotels and resorts consuming over a ton more »


Hello sustainable society: Understanding the circular economy

The circular economy is about recycling everything that we produce and treating materials like they’re finite. This is something that is achievable for your business. Processing materials requires energy, causing pollution. A zero-waste approach encourages the redesign of resource life cycle so that all products are reused, limiting pollution. Based on sourcing, manufacturing, distributing and using ‘efficiently’ for reuse, the more »


It’s almost Earth Day!

“In Nature, nothing exists alone” – Rachel Carson, 1962 Earth day is near! Monday, April 22nd is the day to celebrate Mother Earth and to remind us that Earth and its ecosystems are what provide us with ‘life and sustenance’. Earth Day represents the collectiveness of us, and the need to find a harmonious balance with nature for today and for future more »


Why being a Sustainable Traveler matters in 2019?

IATAestimates that over 4.3 billion passengers flew on an airplane in 2017, with the average traveler flying at least once every 22 months. With the demand for flights increasing annually, the environmental impact of air travel is significant. Some estimates show that the carbon impact of travel is over 3 times higher than expected. Here are some steps you can more »


Test your sustainability knowledge

Do you consider yourself a sustainability guru? Put your green knowledge to test with these fun quizzes. 1. This BBC Earth quiz will evaluate your day-to-day sustainability practices to see how you measure up. Not up to par? Check out our tips on how to make easy, every day, sustainable choices.  2. The Sustainable Development Goals are crucial to fortifying more »


March 8 and Every Day is Women’s Day

Every year on March 8, we celebrate women. This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) theme is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” with the hashtag #BalanceforBetter. Here are some ways in which you can celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against gender bias, and take action for equality. Become a partner of the International Women’s Day 2019 Flagship Event by more »


Incentivizing your office to drink responsibly

Milk. We serve it in our office for coffee, we serve it in our restaurants and use it in many dishes. But have you thought about the environmental impact of this one small, but ubiquitous ingredient? As mentioned on other Green Tips, products derived from animals are usually less sustainable than those derived from plants or cereal. Different studies suggest more »


Tips on Packing Light for Your Next Business Trip

A simple equation: The more the luggage weighs, the heavier the plane. The more a plane weights, the more fuel it uses, the more carbon emissions your trip produces. Here are some ways to pack less, save the environment, while saving your back! 1. Skip the hazzle- dazzle: Ditch the colors Neutral colors are compatible with almost anything and doesn’t more »


Choose Bars over Bottles

Have you ever considered solid toiletries, such as bar soaps, shampoos and conditioners? These are great options for travelers, as they are considerably lightweight and do not contain gels or liquids. These bars also create positive impacts for the environment because of their package-free nature. According to UK-based Lush Cosmetics, the pioneer of bar shampoos, over 552 million bottles sold more »


EarthCheck Carbon Calculator: use this carbon calculator to gauge how your business is doing and for tips on how to improve.

Eco-Guide for Hospitality Businesses and Schools – Recipes to minimise your impact on the environment while saving costs.

This Eco-Guide is dedicated to organisations willing to change their structure and processes with the aim of limiting their negative impact on the environment. It is a practical guide, accessible to anybody looking for a course of action and does not require any technical background. Readers will find tips and levers to improve their eco-responsibility, while often making financial savings. It is particularly geared towards directors, managers and engineers of the Hospitality, Catering and Tourism industry, including: Hotel businesses, restaurant and catering businesses, travel agencies and tour-operators, training institutions specialised in hospitality and catering.


Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism – A Guide to Best Practice

This is the first Guide to provide practical, science-based information for shark and ray tourism operators who want to offer the best possible experience to their customers, while conserving species and habitats and making a positive contribution to local communities. It provides guidance, and tools that can be tailored to local circumstances, enabling operators to improve the educational quality, safety, and sustainability of their businesses. It also gives practical information, based on the best available scienti c data, to management authorities and others engaging with the industry.


The Code Voluntourism Policy

The Code has launched a voluntourism policy to set clear standards of compliance for voluntourism organisations. The policy defines voluntourism, outlines related issues, and acceptable and unacceptable excursions. We encourage all tourism companies that offer voluntourism products to read it and download it here.

Green Fins How To Videos

By sharing their knowledge and their passion, the diving industry has recently guided the development of nine brand new “Green Fins How-to-videos”, designed to guide business managers how to easily implement the Code of Conduct and to show divers exactly what they should expect from an environmentally friendly dive centre.

They will be completely free for anyone to see and to use; you don’t even need to be working for a Green Fins member! Just follow the Green Fins website, YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to become part of the community and see sustainable diving in action!

PATA Responsible Business Travel Guidelines

PATA has been a champion of environmental and cultural heritage since its inception. Measures taken to demonstrate PATA’s stance on social responsibility include the 1970 conference on Tourism and Heritage Conservation and the adoption of the APEC/PATA Code for Sustainable Tourism in 2001; the establishment of the PATA Foundation in 1984, and the annual PATA Gold Awards. Of worthy mention is the Environment award that each year honours best practices upheld by individuals or organisations in the protection and conservation of the environment.

The PATA Responsible Business Travel Guidelines are essential reading for participants at PATA events worldwide. They address, in particular, the supply chains that support travel and tourism activities and they provide valuable advice on how companies and individuals may act responsibly at every stage of a travel itinerary and event.

Green Fins Operational Handbooks

The Green Fins Toolbox is a collection of over ten years’ experience from working with over 400 dive centres to apply environmental standards without compromising your customer’s experience. From recipes for environmental cleaning products to posters to educate and engage your guests to helping you protect the reefs, the Green Fins Toolbox houses a suite of materials ready to download below!

These books have been designed for individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to support the implementation of the Green Fins approach, collectively reducing threats to coral reefs and other marine environments from the marine tourism industry.

Tourism Supporting Biodiversity: A Manual on applying the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.

“The manual is a reference tool for planners, developers, managers and decision makers involved with tourism development and resource management in areas of sensitive biodiversity,” said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary. “The purpose is to help them to mainstream biodiversity concerns and ecosystem services within sustainable tourism development.”

The manual is the result of a collaboration between the CBD Secretariat, UNWTO, UNEP, IUCN, and some 140 experts from around the world to identify current trends and upcoming issues and opportunities on the links between sustainable tourism development and the CBD agenda.

Responsible Tourism Toolkit – Part 1 Energy Saving Tips

In this Responsible Tourism Toolkit Series, I don’t want to talk about the broader benefits of sustainable tourism. I want to give you, as a tourism business, practical tips in the form of a toolkit on how to start and continue your journey to sustainability.

by Dr. Louise de Waal

ILO C-BED-Based Tourism Tools

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has developed nine modules for nine different areas and are available in English and 8 ASEAN languages. These tools were developed in cooperation with ASEAN under the Small Business Competitiveness (SBC) project, and are based on the ILO Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) approach.

Kuoni Water Management Manual for Hotels

This book is designed to help hotels and tourism businesses that are interested in meeting consumer expectations and in contributing to a more sustainable tourism by committing to improved water management practices.

Tourism Planning in Development Cooperation: A Handbook

This handbook addresses essential key factors and consulting approaches for sustainable tourism development providing many practical tools and examples. The targeted audiences are planners and implementers working on International Development Cooperation projects which are dealing with tourism relevant activities with the following priority areas: sustainable economic development and inclusive employment promotion, community and local development, protection and valorization of biodiversity, resource and energy efficiency & climate protection in tourism as well as good governance and political frameworks.

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Are You Ready for Business? How to Sell Excursions to UK Tour Operators

This manual forms part of a collection of greener business tools available from the Travel Foundation to help tourism businesses take effective action on sustainable tourism.

by Carol Favre