Carbon-Free Cruising: Now That’s Sweet

Eco-friendly is probably not the first thing you think of when you think of cruises, but Sweet co-founder and CEO Shannon Wentworth thinks it should be.

So when the former Care2 editor-in-chief started her lesbian travel company, she made sure that it was committed to minimizing the impact of its vacations as well as its business operations on the environment.

Sweet eliminates all the carbon it creates, including air, sea and car travel, with donations to the CarbonFund.org. The carbon-offset company lets you choose the clean energy or air cleaning project you’d like your dollars to support. Sweet chose to contribute to a massive tree planting effort along the banks of the Tensas River in Louisiana–significant because its first cruise departs from New Orleans.

The company is also focused on ecotourism and voluntourism. Before the inaugural cruise departs in November 2009, a group of volunteers from Sweet will participate in Bayou Rebirth–spending about four hours replanting 10,000 plants and learning about the fragile ecosystem.

“It’s going to make a big difference,” Wentworth says. “Our goal is to leave the world a better place than we found it.”

9 comments

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

thanks for the interesting post

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Aditya Narayan
Aditya n.4 years ago

THANKS

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Josefina N.
Jo S.6 years ago

Very interesting. Thanks!

Monica D.
M D.6 years ago

Interesting, thank you.

Abo Ahmed r.
Abo r.6 years ago

Noted thanks

Ellinor S.
Ellinor S.6 years ago

thank you

Casey Broughton
Casey Broughton6 years ago

amazing! cruises are fun, but so bad for the environment, this is a step forward. thanks!