Tourism Company Touts World’s First Zero-Waste Vacation With Yellowstone Safari

Tourism Company Touts World’s First Zero-Waste Vacation With Yellowstone Safari

September 17, 2018

Vacations mean taking a break from a lot of responsibilities, such as work, school and housekeeping. But there’s one responsibility many of us would rather never shirk, and that’s sustainable living.

It’s bad enough that most types of vacation travel — be it by car, plane or boat — produce carbon emissions. And the waste-avoiding habits you practice at home — recycling, reusing, etc. — might not be feasible on, say, a cruise, or practical on the road. One nature-tourism company hopes to change all that.

In what Inhabitat is calling a travel-industry first, Natural Habitat Adventures is offering a zero-waste safari next year at Yellowstone. Its goal is to eliminate 99 percent of waste on the trip via recycling, upcycling, reusing, composting and other means. Each traveler will get a set of reusable cups and utensils to take with them into the park. Natural Habitat Adventures, which bills itself as a carbon-neutral, hopes to fit all waste produced by the end of the trip into a small container. Per Inhabitat:

Travelers are encouraged to refuse potential waste items such as single-use straws or individually packaged condiments. The vehicles, lodges and camps throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will be stocked with bulk foods that will be transported as individual meals in reusable containers. Napkins and biodegradable foods will be composted by the team, while hard-to-recycle materials will be sent to TerraCycle, a world-leading company that specializes in recycling difficult outputs.

Lest you think that zero waste means Spartan living, campers will sleep in “real log beds with down duvets, Pendleton blankets and fine linens.” Their “deluxe walk-in tents” will have private toilets, hot showers and individual verandas, and they’ll dine on gourmet meals washed down with fine wines.

The cost for eight days in zero-waste paradise? Packages for 2019 start at $5,695.

Learn more about the Yellowstone trip here.

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