We at Polku Nature Tours believe that one can find a deeper connection with nature by learning more about the surrounding ecosystem. Our path to this deeper understanding is through the sustainable use of natural materials and food. By getting to know the traditional ways of utilizing nature, we understand how much resources each of our activities requires.
No one owns the nature. We are part of it and that’s why we want to leave no trace when being in nature.
Polku Nature Tours and the environmental responsibility
We do our best to pay attention and reduce the environmental damage caused by our operations in all our activities. We are working for a cleaner environment by these following actions:
Most of our emissions come from our customers and employees trips to the activity locations. We encourage our customers to use public transport and carpools. The aim is to plan the places and schedule the activities so that they can easily be reached without own car. Emissions from our business-related driving at Polku Nature Tours have averaged 320 kilos of carbon dioxide per year. We are compensating this emission by donating on the Hiilipörssi NGO. We own now piece of peat field restored to natural bog. That prevents at least 333 kg of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere each year.
We make every effort to avoid flying related to our own business. If flying cannot be avoided, we pay 10% of the flight price through the Friends of the Earth Airfare campaign for the organisation’s climate work.
Fortunately nature can be enjoyed with very little equipment. We aim for experiences that can be comfortably arranged with just a small amount of equipment. Still, having some equipment, increases the quality of the experience and it makes more sense for our company to have the equipment to borrow for customers compared to requiring the customer to acquire their own equipment to participate. When purchasing hiking equipment, we primarily aim to choose long-lasting, multi-purpose and durable products, and we choose a more environmentally friendly options. We encourage customers to share and rent equipment instead of owning it.
Polku Nature Tours encourages its customers to minimize the environmental load on their own trips by taking into account the emissions of the travel style, taking a critical approach to purchasing new equipment, taking into account the wear and tear of the terrain and respect for surrounding life, fellow hikers and scenic values.