Satpura tiger reserve safari in India

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SINGLE USE PLASTIC-FREE:
We believe in staying true to our eco-tourism pledge. With sustainability at the heart of our safaris, we are taking steps to keep our eco-lodges and their surrounds free of hazardous plastic. We are pleased to say that we we are 100% single use plastic free in all our rooms, common areas and activities.
PRESERVING FOOD:
Those who have been on jungle safaris are aware of the single use tetra pack juices that are served along with your breakfast or snacks. These tetra packs are difficult to recycle and are not environmentally friendly, thereby contributing majorly towards environmental pollution. We have replaced our tetra pack juices with freshly prepared ice-tea and lemonade in steel sippers. Using steel sippers cuts out the usage of single use plastic, and the lemonade or freshly prepared ice tea is a healthy and refreshing option.
From a usage of 26,000 tetra paks in 2017-2018, we are now down to 1500 this season (which are used in the bar only and are not single use).
Safari picnics are plastic free. We provide steel cutlery, food is packed in lunch boxes and wrapped in butter paper. For take away lunches we provide plant based packaging and bamboo spoons and forks.
IN THE ROOMS:
We provide organic toiletries in glass dispensers in place of the travel-sized plastic bottles in the rooms. This saves up on a large number of containers that are more often than not treated as single-use. Furthermore, this season, milk & coffee sachets are replaced by glass containers to store in the rooms. This allows us to save over 21,000 pouches that would have been thrown away. Previously, we started to reduce our plastic footprint by replacing waste bin lining with recycled paper instead of conventional plastic bags. We provide steel flasks in all rooms and also during check in guests are gifted with a steel bottle which they can fill from filters installed in common areas.
WATER BOTTLES:
We have switched from packaged drinking water to reusable steel bottles that are provided to guests at their arrival. This has led to saving over a 100,000 bottles over the course of three years. We have a water cooler with filtered water available in common areas for refills.
STRAWS:
We have done away with plastic straws.
RUBBISH:
We procure our supplies in reusable cloth/ paper packaging saving us, and the earth, the burden of accumulating plastic packaging that will ultimately have to be disposed.
EDUCATION:
On the day exam results are to be declared, the team eases the nervousness of the children at the school. To appreciate good results, the children are awarded with one of our steel water bottles. There is fun, laughter and discussion on variety of topics like the importance of education, wildlife at national parks & the harmful effects of plastic. Through our humble efforts, we aim to educate the children to care about the environment.
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Responsible tourism

Satpura tiger reserve safari in India

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We realise how important a healthy wildlife habitat is for everyone. Our policy is to practise sustainable wildlife tourism under high standards. We are signatories of TOFT ( Travel operators for Tigers) and have excellent Pugmark ratings based on : Energy conservation, responsible travel, responsible tourism practices. We also have generated our own lodge checklist to raise the awareness of conservation and sustainability for our lodge employees and all the local partners who engage with us on a day to day basis. starting last year we also stopped the use of plastic water bottles at all our lodges.

We have developed a performance measure by generating a criteria and self-audit within our lodges and with our local partners. We created our Conservation Cell with an aim to engage in action based wildlife and local peoples issues. We conduct an intensive annual training program for our lodge naturalists and staff during the off season monsoon period. The training includes wildlife observation skills, communication skills, recording and documenting observations, activities of the Conservation Cell and others. From this year onwards we plan to increase this effort to at-least 2 training programs per year. Over and above this all the lodge staff participate in a monthly update and briefing session. Our conservation cell also works for schools near to the Lodges, to give them better education and better living conditions.

Choosing products of 'green purchasing' and 'energy conservation' can assist minimize habitat impacts. At our lodges we try to use them and educate our staff on why we are using such products. With this we hope we can change the attitude of tens of personnel working at our various lodges and build an institutional culture “ We are part of the natural system not above it”.

we buy organic vegetables produced by the local farmers and support the use of local grown vegetables, instead of the packed/frozen ones.

Community

We try and encourage to employ and procure most of whatever is possible from locals only. By this we guarantee that the locals are also included into the emerging wildlife tourism sector and are directly benefited. We encourage locals to demonstrate and share with us and our guests their native skills, cultural practices and their way of life. We would like to help, save and appreciate both their social and cultural practices.

We are not an NGO or a non-profit organisation. We believe that conservation of wild habitats and wildlife in India is only possible if it has an economic incentive. Through our Conservation Cell develop programs that directly involve the locals and benefit them. We believe that carefully developed natural resource based enterprise development programs involving the locals will reduce their direct dependence on the wild habitats. Thus we plan to introduce a list of programs that will encourage the locals to conserve the nature for their own and their children's future.

We provide regular updates and material to our lodge naturalists on wildlife and conservation related issues and also have a well stocked wildlife library at each of our lodges for ready reference. We are in the process of training our naturalists to record all wildlife observations seen during the jungle drives. This information will be used to update our guests and also produce a newsletter.

about 80% of our staff are from the local area. extensive training sessions and grooming classes are given to the staff , to equip and educate them with the latest standards/ practices which boosts up the confidence and make them more informed.

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