The STEPs It Takes Towards Sustainability
This guest blog is composed by an interim staff at Khiri Travel from October-December 2013 who was occupied with Khiri’s bronze level STEP accreditation by Sustainable Travel International (STI). He describes the two-month process in meeting over 20 criteria.
Most of us take it for granted that we have access to unlimited clean drinking water, fresh food at the supermarket and that we can breathe fresh air. We should all remember that earth’s resources are limited and thus make as little impact on nature as possible. However, where we can’t avoid making an impact we need to try and compensate for it.
As a responsible travel company, Khiri’s head office in Bangkok decided in October 2013 to become more sustainable and signed up for Sustainable Travel’s STEP-program. One part of the STEP-program contained a baseline criteria of which all had to be completed to pass the program.
Over the past two months, Khiri has implemented not only criteria’s required by STEP but also looked into what else could be done to make the company more sustainable.
The first thing on my list was to identify the key areas where energy could be reduced and see what could be improved. One of the vital key areas we discovered to save energy was installing a water purifier instead of order big bottles of water to the office. By performing this simple act Khiri will save over 10,000 liters of drinking water each year from transporting to the office. The next thing we implemented was to separate our trash so it could be recycled for further use. To match STEP’s baseline criteria we now don’t only separate our trash but also measure how much trash we actually consume.
When Khiri staff travels to other destinations by air, we feel responsible to compensate for the flight emissions that we produce. Therefore we contacted the PATT (Plant A Tree Today) foundation who helped us compensate for our carbon footprint emissions by planting trees. We consider this is something that every responsible company should do; trees are one of the most important things on earth we need to preserve.
Besides these actions we also began purchasing more environmentally friendly printing paper, changed to recyclable batteries, and we now use eco-labeled cleaning products as much as possible. We created a “Green Team” with staff from various departments to look over the process to make sure the new routines work. Although these things maybe doesn’t seem like a large thing to do, but I personally believe that if we all did this, earth’s resources would last a lot longer.
The important matter isn’t to just sign up for any of all the eco-programs that exist in order to get a certificate, but to actually do something about the problem.
For more information about what our partners and we do for a more sustainable world please visit our page on sustainability.