50+ Years of Responsible Travel
We have been committed to sustainability and responsible travel at all levels of our business for more than 50 years. This includes implementing environmentally-friendly operations; working toward the conservation of nature; preserving cultural heritage; and supporting social and economic benefits for local people as a result of our travel. We continually seek ways to innovate, protect, and educate—with confidence that the collective passion and expertise of our fleet and office staff, in conjunction with others who share our commitment to sustainable travel, will create lasting positive changes for our planet.
Now you can feel even better about traveling with us. Beginning in 2019 we’ve become a carbon neutral company, offsetting the carbon emissions of our fleet, employee travel worldwide, offices in New York and Seattle, all land-based operations, and beyond. Working in partnership with South Pole, the world’s leading developer of international emission reduction projects, we now have a portfolio of six carbon project investments that align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These investments focus on renewable energy, reforestation, and community-based projects in the regions our fleet visits, and beyond. We firmly believe any carbon offset plan must be accompanied by a strategy to reduce emissions, so are always looking for ways to lessen our carbon footprint at all levels of our business.
We are proud to have successfully completed a comprehensive single-use plastic elimination program across our entire fleet. Lindblad ships are 100% free of all single-use plastic bottles, cups, straws, and stirrers. This effort, along with other innovative company initiatives such as making crew uniforms from recycled plastic, support National Geographic's "Planet or Plastic?" campaign. Together we are helping to raise awareness about reducing the amount of plastic in the world's oceans.
We are committed to buying local, fresh, and sustainable food, and at the heart of our culinary program is a strong sustainable seafood policy. Using a holistic approach, every species is assessed, and we go through extensive research with our reputable network to ensure that we are only serving the most sustainable options, with the aim of keeping our oceans healthy and fish stocks constantly regenerating. Some of our major focus points for sustainable seafood assessment include: fish quotas, stock levels in particular ocean zones, method of catch, maturity levels, and feed. We are also dedicated to supporting local communities in their sustainable fishing efforts, as well as creating awareness among our staff, crew, guests, suppliers, and the larger travel industry around this topic.
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