Iroquois Maxim once said, “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” Rightfully so, this is one of the guiding principles we've begun to apply religiously in our everyday life. If asked why, we will say because of being veterans in the tourism industry, we have travelled the length and breadth of the island and have seen the firsthand impact of pollution, mass tourism and cultural destruction on our planet far and wide.
Since the inception of our travel brand, we've always considered ways and means to mitigate our carbon footprint and establish ourselves as responsible service providers, as it is a matter close to our hearts. In light of our green commitment, we've made notable achievements despite finding alternatives somewhat challenging. As the first step, we stopped providing single-use plastic bottles on tours and initiated the use of reusable 20-litre water dispensers along with pumps and refillable insulated stainless-steel water bottles for our travellers. With this impassioned change, we estimate to have rejected around 420,800 single-use plastic bottles since 2017 and have also initiated a system where the plastics used by the guests directly are collected and recycled responsibly with the assistance of local guides. We also opted to go paperless for all documentation and itineraries and encourage our guests to use electronic systems in which they can perform their trip schedules and tasks across the company. Such initiatives we have genuinely felt good about, and it has been equally appreciated and endorsed by our partners and clients worldwide.
Solar Energy for The Long Run
Our office in the suburbs of Colombo is designed in a way that embraces light - a natural element that we are so wonderfully blessed with year-round and the movement of air. Our island being conveniently located north of the equator, the sun is a generous provider of our energy needs, thus, making us independent of the national grid.
Solar panels are a great way to offset energy costs, reduce the environmental impact of our home office and provide a host of other benefits, such as contributing to energy independence and combating greenhouse gas emissions, reducing our collective dependence on fossil fuel. Presently, 60% of the energy consumption at our workspace is powered by solar. By the year 2023, we hope to extend solar panels covering the Authenticities vehicle yard adjacent to our office which will convert 100% of our energy consumption to solar. The first system of 10Kwh/ 34 Panels reads 'Co2 Saving' per annum as 10,000-15,000 Kg per year and it is equivalent to 25-50 trees planted. The second system of 20Kwh/ 38 Panels reads 'Co2 Saving' per annum as 20,000-30,000 Kg per year and it is equivalent to 60-100 trees planted.
We know that this barely scratches the surface, but we believe a person could walk over the highest mountain by taking one step at a time. Every step counts.