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Carbon-Free Cruising: Now That’s Sweet

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.”

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Jana Ballinger

Jana Ballinger has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and copy editor for daily newspapers. She lives in a vintage house in Northern California with her husband and an orange cat.

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3:29AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

thanks for the interesting post

8:58AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:56PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

THANKS

6:06AM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:10PM PDT on Jul 16, 2010

Very interesting. Thanks!

12:35AM PDT on Jun 24, 2010

Interesting, thank you.

9:52AM PDT on Mar 31, 2010

Noted thanks

12:38PM PDT on Mar 30, 2010

thank you

7:03PM PST on Jan 13, 2010

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

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