Going Green in Jersey

Jersey Kayak Adventures. Winner of the Jersey Enterprise Environment award for Eco and Green Tourism in Jersey. 2013Jersey Kayak Adventures is committed to reducing the environmental impacts caused by the day to day activities of the business. We play an active role in encouraging our clients to discover our environment. With this comes a responsibility to ensure we minimise our impact.

The company was one of the first  Eco-Active Jersey Leaders and also holds the GOLD standard from the Green Tourism Business scheme. Most members of staff are Wild Life Safe (WiSe) trained guides.

In 2013 the company won the prestigious Jersey Enterprise Environmental Award.

Responsible visitor charter

We can all help to ensure that our fantastic coastline and environment remains safe for future visits by helping to do just a few simple things.

In our desire to view wildlife we may unintentionally disturb wildlife. Follow the advice of our trained staff. Read our wild life watching code in the Environmental Guidelines.

Avoid bringing disposable water bottles with you. Use a cycle water bottle instead.

Try to reduce the amount of throw away and single use items you bring on our trips. Less packaging can make a major impact in reducing the amount of rubbish on beaches. Paper bags and reusable lunch boxes are a great idea. On our offshore trips to Les Ecrehous we use paper bags and avoid taking excess packaging with our lunches.

On all our trips consider picking up one piece of rubbish from any beach you land on. Removing one item of plastic makes a difference, if we all do this.

Driving and parking can be a nightmare at some of our departure points. If you arrive by bicycle or bus to the paddle, we will refund £2 per adult at the venue. Bus times can be accessed here.

Make an impact by booking activities and accommodation from members of Eco-active or the Green Business scheme (see below).

Support local businesses. Buy local, act global. Local businesses put more back into the community. (To learn more about this take time to read “The small mart revolution” by Michael H Shuman.) Jersey has lots of Farm shops and to shop there is a culinary delight.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Big words, but what do they mean for us in our approach to the environment, community and the way we operate as a business on Jersey.

To reduce the environmental impact of our business, our targets are:

1. Comply with the requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice.

2. Aim to improve environmental performance.

3. Reduce pollution, emissions and waste arising from our activities.

4. Reduce the use of all raw materials, energy and supplies.

5. Raise awareness, encourage participation and train employees in environmental matters.

6. Encourage similar environmental standards from all suppliers and contractors.

7. Assist customers and clients to use products and services in an environmentally sensitive way.

8. Liaise with the local community.

9. Participate in discussions about environmental issues.

10. Endeavour to buy local products from local suppliers where ever possible.

11. Supplier surveys ask about our suppliers environmental practices.

Eco-friendly things we do:

Use biodegradable detergents and sterilising solutions when cleaning wetsuits.

Use recycled paper.

Operate energy efficient light bulbs at the office.

Installed a modern gas condensing boiler at the office.

Offer work experience placements with Project Trident for young people.

Offer special rates for schools and youth groups.

Support local charities by offering raffle prizes and training/support for people undertaking kayaking events to raise money for charity.

Organise beach clean ups on some of the remoter coves around Jersey by encouraging clients to pick up items of discarded plastics.

Be active in environmental issues.

Pick up waste and discarded plastic from beaches.

Membership of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce Sustainable Business Forum, the Coastal Marine Protection Group. Marine Biology Group.

Buy local whenever possible. Cleaning/washing products are bought from the Co-operative stores. We buy most of food items form Genuine Jersey members/supporters.

We aim to operate out of just one venue each day to reduce fuel emissions.

Wild Life Safe (WiSe)

Staff have undergone Wild life Safe training and follow the observing wildlife code. WiSe is a Training and Accreditation scheme aimed at operators of passenger pleasure craft, wildlife cruise operators, dive boats and charter yachts, who may come into contact with marine wildlife such as whales, dolphins, basking sharks or seals.

Training consists of instruction in to how to best view these creatures, whilst at the same time minimising disturbance to them.

EcoActive leader award smallEco-active scheme

We were the first Jersey company to sign up to the Eco-active business scheme and is now an Eco-Active Leader. This scheme encourages business to consider their wider environmental impact and adopt good practice.

Jersey Kayak Adventures played an active role in the Ecrehous management plan, the Marine Wild Life Watching Code for Jersey and the Seabird Action Group (Plemont headland and the puffin colony).

Green Tourism

GTBS logoWe are one of the first members of the Green Tourism business scheme (GTBS) in Jersey and gained the GOLD standard in 2010.We have maintained this standard.

The GTBS is the leading sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK. Businesses opting to join are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more. Read our latest audit.

Supporting our community

We try to buy from local suppliers whenever possible. They often have greater investment in the local community than off island businesses.

We support local charities, clubs and organisations through donations and special rates.

We also support job creation and work experience projects e.g. Project Trident, a work experience scheme for 14-15 year olds.


The Wild Life Safe scheme

Eco Active – a Jersey based scheme

Green Tourism – GOLD standard

British Canoeing

Jersey Chamber of Commerce Sustainable Business Forum committee member.

Société Jersiaise: Member. Founded in 1873 for the study of Jersey archeology, history, natural history, the ancient language and the conservation of the environment.

Jersey Heritage Trust: Seymour Tower accredited guides.  We are responsible for the updating of the tower operating procedures and guide training with JHT.

Support local businesses. Buy local, act global. Local businesses put more back into the community. (To learn more about this take time to read “The small mart revolution” by Michael H Shuman.) Jersey has lots of Farm shops and to shop there is a culinary delight.