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Every little bit helps!

At our VagaHQ office in Wicklow we have implemented a number of changes;

We have replaced all fluorescent office lighting with LED panels. All our electrical outlets are timed so that no power usage occurs outside of office hours. Our heating system operates on a carefully monitored timed programme.

These changes led to a 27% decrease in electricity and gas consumption in 2017.

Each toilet cistern has been fitted with 2x 500ml water bottles, reducing the amount required per flush. This simple initiative has reduced water usage by 5,000 litres per year.

All waste generated in the office, along with that brought back to base by our guides, is separated and recycled. This includes:

  • Office paper
  • Card and Cardboard
  • Hard and soft plastic. And Polystyrene
  • Batteries, phones and printer cartridges
  • Metals and glass
  • We also have a food waste bin

We have reduced non-recyclable waste significantly. In fact, it’s been a few months since we actually put the rubbish bin out!

Reduce Paper Usage

No Vagabond Tours brochure has been printed since 2006. All Vagabond customer correspondence and booking confirmations are sent by email. All Vagabond office paper is carefully recycled. In addition, all credit card payments are now processed online, again reducing the need for paper credit card rolls.

These efforts save paper resources and, ultimately, trees.

Solar Panels

In 2019 we took another step in our continuing journey towards sustainable tourism and had solar panels installed in our office. The main benefit is to combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our collective dependence on fossil fuel.

We hope to inspire other companies in our industry and area to make the investment in renewable energy.

Solar panels on the roof of vagabond office

Find Out More About Our Responsible Tourism Efforts

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Responsible Tourism On The Road

We save water, conserve fuel and practice Leave No Trace while on tour

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Visit Green VagaHQ

We operate a green headquarters by recycling, saving water and energy.

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The Extra Mile

We go further by litter picking, educating our guests and helping local communities.

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EcoTourism Ireland

Read why Vagabond founder, Rob Rankin, acquired EcoTourism Ireland in 2019.

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Our Social and Environmental Policy

Read our full Social and Environmental Policy

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