Balloon Aloft's commitment to the Environment
Balloon Aloft endeavours to adhere to the Tread Lightly code of practice which is designed to minimise environmental impact. We aim to leave a site where we launch or land our balloons in the same condition as in which we found it. Passengers are also encouraged to follow the code so we leave nothing behind but our footprints.
At our Head Office and balloon storage location at Lovedale in the Hunter Valley we operate a 8.4kw solar grid system to offset the energy requirements from the Reservations office and balloon hangars.
All rainfall is harvested from our office and balloon hangars into a series of tanks. Balloon Aloft is 100% reliant on rainwater.
Replanting & Regeneration
The Balloon Aloft office is located on a 50 acre property in Lovedale, Hunter Valley. Prior to Balloon Aloft taking ownership, the property was used as a vineyard and hobby farm. Over the past 10 years we have planted hundreds of native trees on the property to maintain animal corridors to the native wildlife that live in the neighbouring National Park. Native tress can store significant amounts of carbon and also contribute to the protection of soils and water quality, as well as providing habitat for threatened species. Our team have worked extensively to remove non-native plant species from our natural water courses on the property and regenerate local plant species.
Energy saving light globes have been installed throughout the office and balloon hangars
Reducing, Reusing and Recycling
The Balloon Aloft team adheres to a reuse and recycling policy. We operate a digital booking process with bookings entered straight into our booking system and all confirmations sent to passengers by email or text message to vastly reduce paper consumption.
• Any paper waste is reused as scrap and then either composted or recycled when no longer of use.
• Print cartridges, computer parts and old mobile phones are recycled.
• Any food scraps from office are composted or used in our worm farm and used on the Balloon Aloft veggie garden.
• No plastic or single use glasses are used on our flights.
Sea Shepherd Ambassadors
Since 2017 Balloon Aloft team have been proudly flying the Sea Shepherd balloon both in Australia and overseas to raise awareness for the Sea Shepherd Organisation and ocean conservation. Additionally the Balloon Aloft team regularly participate in beach clean ups to keep our local waterways healthy.