Clarissa Caldwell

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9 years 5 months ago

Cruises have just begun to climb aboard on the sustainable travel train, but they are still (usually) much, much dirtier than trains, cars and planes. Of course, cruises aren't even the main problem; tankers, cargo ships and other sea monsters are the ones dirtying up the sea. ShippingEfficiency.org, created by the NGO Carbon War Room, hopes to add some clarity to ship emissions, so that ship owners, operators, insurance companies, shipbrokers customers, etc., can get a better sense as to...


9 years 5 months ago

Green travel means green everything-we-can: transportation, luggage, food, traction… Yes, traction. Believe or not, there is a traction agent on the market that is 100% green. Green in color and green for the world: it actually actively helps the environment.

EcoTraction is made of volcanic material. It's all natural, and it doesn't damage the soil, water, concrete, brick, metal, or anything around your home. Actually, as it seeps into the soil, the volcanic minerals will improve water and nutrient retention, which means the grass will...


9 years 6 months ago

Greenloons, an ecotourism provider, has launched a website offering responsible vacation itineraries for the whole family. Greenloons is a Washington D.C. based company dedicated to promoting transparency in the eco tourism industry, family fun, nature, culture and, of course, travel around the world.

Greenloons was founded by eco-Mommy Irene Lane. Lane has an MBA in International Finance, as well as a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management. She became aware that the ecotourism industry was wrought with misinformation, and as a lover of...


9 years 6 months ago

Better World Club is the only emergency auto insurance company to support sustainable travel, and they also offer America's only 24/7 bike roadside assistance plan.  BWC is carefully targeting the greenies of the world, and they dedicate most of their website to showcasing their environmental policies and shaming AAA. AAA is the head honcho of emergency auto insurance, and their ungreen behavior inspired the founding of the Better World Club.

43 million Americans rely AAA's  auto-insurance and many of them remain unaware of the polluting policies. Daniel Becker, director of Sierra Club...


9 years 6 months ago

Despite biodiversity and scenic beauty, Madagascar  is only just beginning to embrace its potential as an eco friendly destination; the country still has relatively little tourism. Neighboring countries, including the Seychelles and Mauritius islands, receive more visitors than Madagascar; in fact, Madagascar has the smallest tourism industry of all the islands in the Indian Ocean.

Why? Well, it's a long haul, for one thing. And it's not cheap. Air Madagascar and Air France are the main airlines, so it's expensive to fly to the island. Also, although the government...


9 years 6 months ago

Les Villages Nature will be an eco travel playground, south of Paris Disneyland (pictured), and just north of the Brie Forest. Euro Disney and Pierre & Vacances have teamed up to give the city some "man-made" nature downtown, because there isn't enough real nature to play in. The partners promise the parks will be eco-friendly, sustainable, and all those other buzz words. On November 24, 2010, the eco travel project was formally presented. However, the plan, which has been underway since...


9 years 6 months ago

In the 70's, the words "Club Med" and "responsible vacation" wouldn't have appeared in the same sentence. Opened in 1950, Club Med was the world's first all-inclusive vacation, and it was all about excess: food, drink, and, eventually, sex. The Club attracted mostly young couples  and singles, and it grew up smack in the middle of the sexual revolution.

The days of excess and Club Med success ended some...


9 years 6 months ago

Sweet is a lesbian travel company with a sustainable travel twist. Their goal? "To make the world a better place while having a blast in it". Sweet is about making life sweet; so, trips are eco-friendly, socially-responsible and fun. When the Sweet team works on their policies, partnerships, plans, etc., they ask, "How can we make that Sweet?" or "Is that Sweet?" Kind of sweet, right?

Sweet was founded in January, 2008 by Shannon Wentworth and Jen Rainin. Wentworth served as editor in chief at ...


9 years 6 months ago

Earlier this year, the Achuar people took on full ownership of the Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve, a responsible vacation lodge in Ecuador. The Achuar people, who've lived in the Amazon Basin as for thousands of years, were one of the last indigenous groups along the Marañon River to be impacted by western contact. They lived in "terra incognito" until missionaries arrived in the late 1960's.  The Achuar resisted the missionaries, though intercultural contact changed their way of living. Approximately 6,000 Achuar live in Ecuador along the Peruvian border, and an additional group lives...


9 years 6 months ago

Refugio del Caraya, in the  Córdoba Province of Argentina, offers a responsible vacation option for animal-lovers. The project rescues and rehabilitates zoo animals and ex-pet carayas and (ultimately) returns them to the wild.  Carayas are black howler monkeys, and they're the largest of all the New World monkeys. Carayas are also the loudest of all land animals, and their call can be heard from three miles away.

The Caraya Project depends on support from ACPM...


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