Beatriz Margallo Moscoso
Have you ever wondered if your travels are actually sustainable?
Or if the choices you make when travelling may impact the environment or the local community? Do you know what your footprint looks like?
You already know some sustainable actions, and maybe you even put some of them into practice in your daily life... Recycling, saving water, buying green products, volunteering... But what about your impact when travelling?
When we are on our leisure and resting time, or on a business trip, we may not be as conscious of the impact we may cause. And those good habits we have acquired in our daily routine can easily disappear. So, what if there was a way to know how sustainable an entity or destination was? Knowing their good practices would allow us, as citizens and tourists of the world, to make more informed and aware consumption decisions and to act accordingly, participating in sustainable initiatives wherever we are.
Just as you check the labels on the products you buy, with Biosphere you can now check the label on your travel itinerary. Biosphere is the international sustainability management and recognition system, based on the 2030 Agenda and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. A model that helps companies and destinations to meet the 17 SDGs and to continuously contribute to improving their efforts and best practices.
When a destination or business displays its Biosphere label, you know they are making positive efforts and are committed to sustainability. It’s time to travel consciously!
By prioritising entities that guarantee their sustainability, you make the right choices, so that no matter where you are in the world, you can continue with the same sustainable actions you work so hard for at home.
You have the power to make real changes, to keep your favourite holiday destinations beautiful, to promote local businesses that care for their surroundings, socially and environmentally. All it takes is supporting good practices and entities that do the right thing, giving them a voice and the right tools to multiply their positive impacts. Otherwise, we may not be able to enjoy the resources we consume as normal, nor maintain the survival of our destinations and societies as we know them.
We know you take care of your own community and now you can extend that habit to the places you are visiting, the companies you collaborate and work with, and your social circles. In sharing best practices, as a global citizen you can take the lead to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, to travel and consume more responsibly and to spread the word wherever you go, so that others can be equally informed, sensitised and empowered to act for change.
We owe this to past and future generations to protect and conservSostenibilidad-Biosphere 2023.pdf e unique environments, cultures and economies. Now when you make your next purchase, or book your next holiday, ask yourself: what is it that really matters? Where should I stay with in order to maintain my good practices? Which tour operator respects environmental and cultural conservation? Where should I shop to make sure I support the local economy?
As consumers, Biosphere will help you make informed consumption choices, positively impacting the sustainability of your environment and destinations so you can come back. As entrepreneurs and territorial managers, this system becomes your most loyal ally, to help you align your destination and your business model with more sustainable, efficient and productive processes, minimising the negative impacts of your activity and multiplying its catalytic and welfare-enhancing effects.
The production and consumption models of large and small economies do not have to be bad for the local population and the environment. With Biosphere, you now have the tools to make a new future! Empower yourself and the planet. Choose the Biosphere certification!
Author: Beatriz Margallo Moscoso, Export Manager at Biosphere.
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