As one of the least densely populated countries in the world, Iceland remains one of the purest, and most environmentally friendly places on earth. Iceland’s nature-centric culture places a strong focus on sustainability. The country offers incredibly fresh and healthy products and Icelandic companies are consistently embarking on innovative initiatives to help protect the environment! This Earth Day, Iceland Naturally is sharing some of our favorite initiatives from our Iceland Naturally members - keep reading to learn more and find out how you could win a Sustainability Prize Pack!
Icelandic Glacial, the world’s first certified carbon neutral water company, recently introduced new sustainability initiatives around its packaging. The brand’s still and sparkling water will be available in aluminum cans and other packaging made of 50% post-consumer recycled plastic (rPET) by 2021. The company will also offer a new 3-liter package for home use and a new 20-liter option for food service. Learn more here!
Isavia, Iceland’s national airport and air navigation service provider, recently published their climate report detailing how the airport is making advancements to protect the environment. Some highlights from the report include that Isavia's fuel consumption dropped significantly from last year - about 25%! In the spring of 2019, Isavia also entered into agreements with the Piston and Wetlands Fund on carbon offsetting Isavia's fuel consumption over a three-year period. This means that from 2018-2020, Isavia will be able to equalize all direct emissions in its operations! Check out the full report here.
Icelandic Lamb represents over 1,100 years of Icelandic sheep-farming tradition. These farmers are fully committed to preserving the pastures where their Icelandic lamb graze in the summer. Their methods and practices reach back to Viking times. The sustainable way in which they farm - allowing livestock to roam free-range - is a tradition that has been practiced for centuries. Icelandic sheep farmers are active in sustainable initiatives, including Farmers Heal the Land or “Bændur Græða Landið,” a program where farmers revegetate degraded land, halt erosion, and reclaim land. Learn more about Icelandic Lamb here.
Nature and the environment are at the forefront of the minds of every Icelander, from how they heat their homes via sustainable energy, to when, where, and how they travel. As Iceland’s leading carrier, Icelandair is no exception to these considerations. Icelandair’s efforts to minimize its carbon footprint includes substantial reductions in CO2 emissions. In recent years, winglets were added to their entire fleet, which reduces drag, resulting in lower fuel consumption. Additionally, pilots have been trained in new, modern flying techniques (constant descent approach; reduced acceleration altitude), which reduces not only the amount of fuel needed, but also the levels of noise pollution emitted. Learn more about how you can help offset your carbon footprint while traveling with Icelandair here.
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