Sustainability Resources


Helping you be a more responsible traveler

This is your sustainability home-base.

Ahh… everything in one place

Treat this as a directory to help you on your sustainable travel journey.

How you can help with India’s Covid crisis

It’s not hard to find articles about why India needs help, so we’ll cut straight to the resources we’ve compiled, mostly suggested by our Indian friends.

Disclaimer: We have not individually reviewed each of these recommendations. We aren’t endorsing any specific organization. We’re sharing this in the hopes that it’s helpful and actionable, but as always, use your own judgment. 

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Photo Credit: Getty Images via BBC News

“India’s deadly Covid-19 second wave has devastated big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Pune. Hospitals and crematoriums have run out of space, and funerals are taking place in car parks. But the pandemic has now firmly gripped many smaller cities, towns and villages where the devastation is largely under-reported.” – BBC News

1. For travelers

Assistance at your fingertips to help you be a responsible tourist.

Sustainability simplified.

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What’s your baseline understanding of the carbon footprint of tourism? 

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Free Packing List

This sustainable packing list is downloadable, reusable, and checkboxable. More than just a list – it explains why items are sustainable, too.

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Pack for a Purpose

Save some space in your luggage to bring welcomed items to communities in your destination.

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Green Destinations

Find special destinations that have one or more “green” awards or certifications.

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Travel Documents

This environmentally-friendly company can help you with visas, passports, and other types of travel documents. 

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Community

Tap into our Earthsiders community to be the first to find out about new trips, receive exclusive discount codes, and more.

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2. For tour operators

Maybe you’re already super sustainable, or maybe you’re just getting started. Here are some tools to help you continue to improve.

Keep raising the bar.

Good Tourism Institute

The GTI is ready to support tour operators in their quest to become even more sustainable. 

Download their free e-book

B Corp Certification

Obtaining B Corp certification shows you want to use business for good and balance purpose with profit.

Free online assessment

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

The GTSC’s hub for tour operators could inspire new actions for your company.

Visit the portal

Travelife Certification

Join a growing number of tour operators, destinations, travel associations, and more in becoming more sustainable.

Learn more

Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency

Develop a climate action plan, publicly share your commitment, cut carbon emissions, work together, and advocate for change.

How to declare

List of Sustainable Tourism Certifications

We’ve compiled a list of certifications, groups, and associations connected to sustainable travel. 

 Coming soon 

3. For everyone

A little extra helpful info for those of you who are really committed!

Keep these links handy.

50+ Sustainable Tourism Terms

Rooted has tons of resources for both travelers and tour operators. We love their handy guide of terms to help us keep all the definitions straight.

Get the free glossary

Tourism Data Dashboard

If you love analytics, head to the UN World Tourism Organization’s dashboard covering all kinds of industry metrics. If you need even more research & data, check out their vast e-library.

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Sustainable Travel Report

Booking.com publishes a report collating feedback from over 18K travelers in over 18 different markets. It’s a helpful pulse on trends and preferences.

See the most recent (2019) report

Travel Advisories by Country

Check country-specific travel restrictions and advisories according to the US government.

Check a destination

Demystifying Carbon Offsets

The Impact Travel Alliance hosted a fantastic 50-minute webinar about carbon offsets. Perfect if you’re new to this!

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101 Sustainable Ideas

A goldmine of various projects working towards “better tourism” and aligning travel with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Browse the list

Tourism Facts

1 in 10

Supports 1 in 10 jobs

10%

Contributes 10% to global GDP

60-80%

Global tourism decline in 2020

54%

Tourism workforce is 54% female

Earthsider Blog

Visit our blog for insightful posts about destinations, experiences, travel tips, and more – all through the lens of sustainability.

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Climate Impact

Resources to help you offset your carbon footprint from traveling.

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Evaluating Partners

Curious how we screen our sustainable tour operators? Check this page out to see our process of inviting companies to join our platform.

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