As tourism becomes a truly global industry, we recognise our obligation to operate our tours in a responsible and sustainable fashion. We view this not only as an environmental issue but an economic and social one as well. At Baltic Bike Travel we are aware that the travel industry challenges the local environment and the entire ecosystem of the planet. Our ambition is to minimize this impact in our business.
The following are the key points in our philosophy:
BENEFITING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY:
We aim to minimise water and atmospheric pollution from any specific tourism development we use.
Offsetting carbon emissions: most of our groups travel by bus or minibus, while rental bikes are transported in trailer (not by separated motorised vehicle). To decrease the air pollution, we choose to work with transport companies offering newer, energy-efficient vehicles.
Our staff members are encouraged to use public transport or bikes instead of private cars journeys for commuting and business travels. We even provide company bikes and e-bikes for this purpose, and promote this financially by supplying our employees with monthly public transport tickets or supplement to their salaries for commuting by bikes.
Reducing waste: We aim to achieve zero litter policies everywhere. Therefore we encourage travellers to avoid disposable plastic and to recycle. From 2018 on all guided cycle tours we provide our customers with reusable plastic bottles for drinking water which we supply free of charge from big bottles re-filled by a local company. We recommend going off the beaten track, getting extraordinary travel experiences in the pristine nature and leaving it untouched afterwards.
Recycling and energy saving in the office: We run our head office in a responsible manner by using fair-trade products, monitoring, and where possible reducing, our energy usage, as well as recycling. We are strict about recycling in our office and garages. We have installed special garbage bins to sort out plastic, paper, glass/plastic bottles (deposit), metal and rubber tires. We challenge our staff old habits and encourage them to recycle printer cartridges and reduce printing (and reusing one-side used paper) and minimize all forms of waste. For example, our staff members are encouraged to drink locally collected herb teas and coffee from reusable cups instead of using plastic cups, and use water from big bottles refilled by a local company instead of buying small plastic bottles.
We attempt to operate our holidays in a way that encourages positive cultural exchanges. In our pre-departure information we always provide a recommended reading list about the countries our clients are planning to travel - it is always usefull to find out more about the cultures and people before you meet them :)
We encourage our clients, through our literature, staff and leaders, to act in a socially responsible way.
We promote environmental and social friendly bicycle transport and tourism culture in Lithuania and the Baltics: