At Elephant Hills, we have been running our corporate responsibility projects for several years now. We first started with the Children’s Project and Elephant Conservation Project in 2003, followed by the Wildlife Monitoring Project right after opening our Rainforest Camp in 2011. At the end of 2017, we introduced an exciting new project to offset the CO2 emissions of our marketing flights. 2500 trees were planted on the first round, and there are more to come soon!
As we begin the new year, we are thrilled to reveal a brand-new logo representing our corporate responsibility projects. As illustrated on the logo, the future of the Earth is in our hands, and it’s time to act now to ensure its well-being for future generations. From now on, you will find this logo on our website articles and newsletters concerning the projects and sustainability. All project related news can be conveniently viewed at the archive for “Projects” category here.
From the very beginning it has been our company policy to support the local communities by contributing to rural children’s education. We also help Thai elephants, both wild and domestic populations. Through our Wildlife Monitoring Project, we collect valuable data of the movements of many vulnerable or endangered species in the evergreen forests of Khao Sok. As a result, we can regularly provide information to the local wildlife sanctuary, national park and research center in order to help with their conservation efforts.
Reducing plastic waste
Taking better care of the environment is one of our top priorities. Therefore, especially over the past year, we have been taking steps towards reducing plastic waste in our camps. For several months now, we have replaced all plastic straws at our restaurants and cafes with reusable stainless-steel straws. We have also found an alternative for plastic cotton buds, which have been recently replaced by paper stick ones.
By far the biggest project we have undertaken has been getting rid of plastic water bottles. This has been a rather complicated and time-consuming task and requires high investment as well. The many phases range from comparing and selecting bottles, finding and testing a suitable washer, preparing location for handling the bottles, ensuring effortless fill-ups in all tour locations, all the way to training the team.
We are delighted to announce that we are currently just a couple of months away from implementing the usage of reusable stainless-steel bottles on all our tours! Meanwhile, we have increased the number of fill up stations for those guests who wish to refill their own reusable bottle, or the plastic bottle handed out during the transfer.
Changes towards better environmental management will take time and hard work, but we are committed to continue doing our part in preserving the environment for future generations. We look forward to working on our sustainability projects also in this new year 2019, and can’t wait to share more exciting news with you in the near future!
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