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Our Commitment

TO BE CARBON NEUTRAL (EFFECTIVE 2021):

  • investing in climate-smart agriculture and forestry projects as a self-imposed carbon tax to offset guides and guests’ carbon footprints
  • neutralizing our carbon impacts for every guest and guide who traveled with us (on tour and during R&D). Standard business practice would allow us to ignore this impact, but we don’t want to be a standard business. So far (2021 and 2022), we have offset estimated carbon emissions from all air miles (international and domestic flights, calculated from actual ports of departure/entry), road miles, accommodations, meals, and business-related internet use. 
  • partnering with Vermont-based Native (another B Corporation) to ensure verified, certified carbon offsets using the most rigorous standards and expertise

TO MINIMIZE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT:

  • recycling plastic, water, and paper both at home and on tour
  • avoiding food waste by always ordering food in the right satisfying amounts
  • purchasing additional carbon offsets (beyond the above, in order to assure carbon neutrality) from reputable organizations such as Terrapass, and Carbonfund, which support emission reduction projects around the United States, and Treedom, which aims to make the world a better place one tree at a time

TO OFFER THE KIND OF TOURISM WE BELIEVE IN:

  • promoting sustainability, biodiversity, respect for people, animals, and environment on tour, during local events, through social media, and on our website 
  • featuring pillars of cultural preservation on tour including Slow Food Presidia, agriturismi, and alberghi diffusi (see “Ingredients”)
  • visiting lesser-known, less-celebrated places that nonetheless hold deep stories of incredible people connected to beautiful landscapes and traditions
  • patronizing restaurants, farmers, and artisans who produce "good, clean and fair food"
  • considering all of our stakeholders—not only guests and guides, but also suppliers, local community, and environment. We work hard to leave a positive handprint on the Earth [see below]. We are a proud certified B Corporation

TO INVEST IN THE PLACES WE GO AND NGOS WE BELIEVE IN:

  • donating at least 1% of sales revenues to non-profit organizations that move and inspire us (See below). For 2021 and 2022, we surpassed 2% of sales revenues (this, in addition to purchasing certified carbon offsets).

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