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Much of our tourism industry relies on the beauty of our natural environment.

Yet sometimes tourism can come at a high environmental cost, whether it be biodiversity degradation or increased waste. Travelers are also becoming more environmentally conscious and are demanding more of their hosts.

Click here to see how this can impact your business and why being green matters.


Being green isn’t just the right thing to do for the natural environment. There are a number of practical advantages to running a more sustainable business.

Did you know that
ENVIRONMENTAL responsibility
            can translate into BUSINESS growth?

            Click here to learn how your business
            can benefit from being greener.

What can you do to contribute to a greener tourism industry in Newfoundland & Labrador?

Manage your waste.

How you manage your waste, e.g. reducing, reusing, recycling, composting, etc., is one of the most visible business activities that your customers will see – and one of the easiest challenges to tackle. Click here to learn more.

Be mindful of what you’re purchasing.

Having a purchasing plan for your business can help reduce your costs, decrease your environmental impact, and contribute to the local economy. Click here for information on what you could consider in a purchasing plan.

Make it easy for your customers and employees to 

Your environmental initiatves may not amount to much if it isn’t easy for your customers and employees and buy in to them. Click here for tips on how to make it as easy as possible for them to participate.

Be more energy efficient.

Whether it’s electricity, oil, or water there are simple strategies you can use to use these resources more efficiently – which will also help you save money. Click here for some tips.

Know your space.

What impacts are your operations having on your surrounding environment? Your community’s air quality? The local wildlife? Click here to help you identify opportunities for improvement.

Resources to help you take the next step.

Sustainability is a journey – not a destination. In the context of business, it is a value and a strategy – not a deliverable. As you begin successfully implementing some of the tips and tricks of being green and are finding success, you may be wondering: what’s next?

From Labrador City-Wabush to St. John’s there are businesses in Newfoundland & Labrador’s tourism industry who are leading the way with their sustainability practices.

Scroll down to see what some of them are doing to enhance their bottom line and help the environment.


Fisher’s Loft in Port Rexton is a leader in the use of local foods. Very local. The inn produces 40% of the vegetables consumed by customers on-site. In addition to its food and composting efforts, the the inn exploys a number of sustainable strategies. For example, it uses fabric hand towels and table napkins eliminating the use of disposable paper products and saving on energy needs.

Click here to visit the Fisher’s Loft website.


The mission of the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium is to foster curiosity about local marine life and inspire action toward personal and global sustainability through display, interpretation and direct action. On display for just four months, after helping teach the importance of environmental protection, all the animals are returned to the ocean.

Click here to visit the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium website.


By d’Bay Cabins in Port Blandford has one of the most extensive waste management strategies for an operation its size in the province. The management provide recycling containers in the cabins and on the grounds, as well as a kitchen composting program – complemented by information pamflets to visitors to help them participate. The compost is used in landscaping operations on the grounds.

Click here for more information on By d’Bay Cabins.


The ultimate resource on waste management. The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) supports and promotes modern waste management practices in the province, with a particular focus on waste reduction and recycling, as a means of helping to ensure a clean and healthy environment. Visit www.mmsb.nl.ca.

Your source for information and support in energy efficiency. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power jave joined together to form takeCHARGE to help raise awareness of the importance of using energy wisely and encourage more people to take action today to reduce their energy usage. Visit www.TakeChargeNL.ca.

The business of the environment. The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. Visit www.neia.org.

The voice of the provincial tourism industry since 1983. Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL) is a non-profit membership association that leads, supports, represents and enhances the province’s tourism industry. Visit www.hnl.ca.

A valuable asset for the food service industry province wide. The Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (RANL) has been representing the interests of the Food Service Industry in the province for close to fifty years. Visit www.ranl.ca.

How to responsibly dispose of electronics. ERPA Newfoundland and Labrador is responsible for implementing and operating an industry-led and government-approved electronic products recycling program that is available for consumers and businesses throughout the province. Visit http://recyclemyelectronics.ca/nl.

How does climate change affect your business, and how can you prepare? The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s “Turn Back the Tide” campaign is the Provincial Government’s first-ever public awareness campaign on climate change and energy efficiency. Its website offers a wealth of information and resources on sustainable practices. Visit http://www.turnbackthetide.ca.


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