It is our responsibility to take great care in preserving the places we visit and the planet we explore. Cycling is an inherently eco-conscious way to travel, and it’s poised to play a key role in the battle against climate change. However, we recognize that there is work to do in making the business of travel more sustainable. With the following initiatives, we strive to set an example for a greener future, and invite our peers in the travel industry to do the same.
At DuVine, we believe bicycling is the best way to experience the world. Our bikes take us to beautiful places, allowing us to be inspired by the people we meet, the flavors we find, and the landscapes we encounter along the way. But an essential part of celebrating the local culture is ensuring it endures—both for the communities themselves and the adventurous spirits who follow.
Shifting to Carbon Neutral
Above all, we believe that bike travel should leave little behind. We’re committed to making our tours 100% carbon neutral beginning in 2022. DuVine is partnering with sustainability company South Pole to offset our greenhouse gas emissions by supporting third-party carbon reduction projects around the world.
Improving Sustainable Practices
Small, sustainable swaps can add up to big change. Although bike travel is already a lower-impact alternative to other modes of group travel, we continuously seek ways to lessen our footprint by reducing waste and reconsidering the materials we use on our tours.
In addition to replacing paper maps with GPS where available, returning your pedals in cloth bags, and paring down our use of disposable containers, we’ve upgraded our complimentary water bottles to a biodegradable version made from BPA-free plastic. Traditional plastic bottles take up to 1,000 years to decompose; ours break down in three months to five years. And since it fits all standard bottle cages, we encourage you to take your bottle home to reuse after your tour.
Supporting Local Communities
DuVine is committed to a social impact philosophy that brings tourism income into small communities and lesser-known regions. Our tours stimulate local economies by visiting independent artisans, dining at family-owned restaurants, employing local guides, and partnering with small businesses for activities that uphold the unique heritage of each destination. We aim to invest the majority of our tour costs in local businesses.