Natural Habitat Adventure : operating a zero-waste trip is possible


Natural Habitat Adventures intention is to encourage and inspire its colleagues to adopt more sustainable tourism practices by demonstrating effective methods to reduce environmental impacts while providing outstanding guest experiences.

It hopes to create an enduring ripple effect by inspiring travelers to make conscious choices in their everyday lives that contribute to the long-term health of the planet.


At the end of the trip, the group was able to fit all waste produced into a single small container.

This first trip will be a catalyst for incremental changes that will gradually result in significant waste reduction across all Nat Hab trips.


Natural Habitat Adventures operated what it has called the “World’s First Zero Waste Adventure” on the July 6-12, 2019 – a safari in Yellowstone Country.

The small group of this safari diverted 99 percent of all on-trip waste produced as a byproduct of Nat Hab-sponsored trip operations.

  • Refuse •  Recycle  •  Compost  •  Upcycle  •  Re-Use  •

“Zero waste” encompassed all guest-related activities that Nat Hab managed and sponsored throughout the trip—from the moment a guest books through the airport transfer on the final day.

Nat Hab encouraged this small group of eco-conscious travelers to focus on refusing potential waste (such as plastic straws and individually wrapped condiments) while minimizing the waste they did produce along the journey, including time spent in Nat Hab’s North American Safari Trucks and lodges and cabins throughout the Greater Yellowstone region.

Nat Hab has also shared its 12 Lessons Learned for Zero Waste Travel with the media and its peers in the travel industry so that others can follow its lead….


  • Organisation: Natural Habitat Adventures (Nat Hab)
  • City: Boulder, CO, USA
  • Type of provider: Tour Operator
  • Circular principle: Design out waste and pollution
  • Focus: Reduce
  • Keywords: #waste