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Book your flights, accommodation and activities with us and we'll plant trees to balance your carbon footprint, at no extra cost.
Book your flights, accommodation and activities with us and we'll plant trees to balance your carbon footprint, at no extra cost.
Book your flights, accommodation and activities with us and we'll plant trees to balance your carbon footprint, at no extra cost.
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A Green Way To Travel 

www.gonewest.com

Founders Statement: 

"After leaving our homes behind at the age of eighteen to pursue unpredictable journeys around the world, we became addicted to the sense of total freedom that came with travel. The feeling of putting ourselves in as many different shoes as possible became a hobby and the desire to submerge ourselves in different environments and cultures became a way of life. Finally, our seemingly endless love affair reached its peak and a question arose. How could we give back to a way of life that had given us so much? The answer was to give others the opportunity to explore and conserve the planet simultaneously. Gone West was born.

What is our service?

We offer a tool kit for travellers and a platform designed to create a direct relationship between our users and the natural environment. When you book through us, we plant enough trees to offset the carbon you'll produce as a result of your trip. You'll also have access to an extensive archive of creative content showcasing our wonderful planet, so you'll never be short of inspiration or ideas for where to explore next.

We are the first providers of direct sustainable travel. By operating global reforestation projects and offering a sophisticated booking system, we are proud to state that we aim to offer the worlds first 100% Carbon Neutral travel tool.

Do we actually plant the trees?

We plant every single tree with our own hands.

First we acquire an area of land, then source young native trees to that environment from local nurseries. This land is protected by Gone West and the trees we plant in our official "Plant & Protect" scheme will never be cut down, to ensure that our entire carbon offset service has been carried out legitimately and effectively.

So, what are the specifics?

It's fairly simple. Once upon a time our home played host to over 1.5 million trees to every person. Now its less than 400 trees per person. One tree can provide four people with oxygen over their lifetime and so without trees our planet and its inhabitants will die. Sadly, since the industrial revolution this factor has been massively overlooked, resulting in a devastating effect on our planets ecosystems.

We believe travel is a priceless experience and that it shouldn't be a selfish act, so we've created a way for our users to explore the globe and give back to the environment. We work to a simple cycle: we calculate the carbon emissions produced by your trip and send the data to our reforestation team, who work around the clock to plant enough trees to offset the environmental damage, but we don't stop there, we offer the ability for any business in the travel industry to offset their annual carbon footprint too, so we can provide a green list of choices for our users to book with, in the hope we can remove the travel industries carbon footprint. For a deeper understanding please visit www.gonewest.com/plantandprotect. 

Our Product:

Try our BETA here - ww.gonewest.com 

How does it work?

You are able to search and book travel from the our options listed below.

Transport + Accommodation + Activities 

In order to provide a sufficient database of search results, confidence whilst you travel in the knowledge you are protected and kept up to date with live & competitive pricing we have formed a partnership agreement with Expedia.  

How do we know how many trees to plant in order to offset your trip?

We measure all electricity, gas and fuel used on your trip. We multiply these quantities by factors provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in its ‘Draft Code of Best Practice for Carbon Offset Providers - February 2008’ to estimate the total CO2 produced.

Example:

  • 1 tree (at full maturity) = Approximately 1 tonne of CO2 will be sequestered
  • A round trip flight from London to Amsterdam = Approximately 155 (kg) of CO2

We aim to take vital precautions to ensure we over compensate incase of any mis-judgement or incorrect calculations, such as planting double the amount of trees we calculate for each booking made, and ensuring our trees will never be cut down in our Plant & Protect zones.

Visit link to learn more - www.gonewest.com/plant&protect

What will we use the money for? 

(If our project is overfunded and we reach our stretch goal of £50,000 the below will increase accordingly and divided as displayed)

  • To improve and manage our booking system: £4,000 (Below is our road map)

Having a partnership with Expedia makes life alot easier, we have done most of the hard work already and so have they, we just need labour costs to be covered in order to create a seamless and unique user experience.


  • Support our Plant & Protect project in its early stages: £6,000 (Below is our road map)

 Equation -  1 Hectares  =  3,300 Trees

We have no choice but to start small, our aim here is to create proof of concept, so our first site (Plant & Protect Zone) will be small, the results of this will be used in our round 2 crowd fund on www.seedrs.com.

If we raise more than our target of £15,000 our choice of land will change to a larger plot, thus we can plant more trees to cater to our larger community of travellers. 

  • Fund team to spend more time away from day job and focus on Gone West: £5,000
Create content to promote our service and a marketing budget to increase our user database.

Our team of photographers are the most talented bunch around, we wish to support our creative team further to continuously produce new content. See our archives here:

Please visit www.gonewest.com/our-family to meet the people behind the mission.

REWARDS:

To get things started, we'll plant a tree for every £10 donated alongside all of our available rewards up to £1000.

 

 

 

 

 

     
Receive the same credentials as our Grove reward
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What is the road map of Gone West?

 

Risks and challenges

Marketing will be one of two challenges. The figure we have pledged for will be enough to complete basic production and perform basic online marketing.

Our second challenge will inevitably be acquiring land. If we exceed our long-term targets, finding land may become harder and more expensive. With help from the available network and from government bodies, conservation societies and forestry commissions we will succeed in sourcing enough land to undergo our Plant and Protect schemes.

In the unlikely event we run out of land, we will initiate our second creative way to conserve our home, aquaculture of coral.

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    A Tree Is Planted In Your Name

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    Gone West Sticker

    You'll become a founding member and receive our weather resistant Gone West sticker, plus a tree will be planted in your name.

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    A letter of thanks from the two co-founders will be sent to your postal address and you will be made an honorary life time member, you will be invited to attend our projects and kept up to date with our progress. You will be given status of Ambassador on our site.

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    Plant a GROVE in your companies name

    Plant a small grove of 10 trees in your companies name and receive a certification pack.

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    You'll become a founding member and will receive 1 A1 high quality silk prints from our archive, using paper from sustainable forests within Europe. Plus a Gone West physical world map and tree planted in your name.

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    One Acre Planted: Business or Family

    We will plant one acre of native forest in the name of your business or family. The acre will be planted in our first proposed location of Europe, upon completion we will provide you with a certificate, digital stamp for your companies website and the exact co-ordinates of where your new forest has been planted so you can visit for for many years to come.

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    One Hectare Planted: Business or Family

    We will plant one Hectare of native forest in the name of your business or family. The hectare will be planted in our first proposed location of Europe, upon completion we will provide you with a certificate, digital stamp for your companies website and the exact co-ordinates of where your new forest has been planted so you can visit for for many years to come.

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