Regenerative Travel

Amanda began her career as a travel journalist and founder and Editor-in-Chief of Electrify Magazine, a multi-media lifestyle publication. She also produced and for several real estate companies and lifestyle brands with sustainability at its core. 
What we spoke about…

From a very simplistic standpoint, ‘We like to say that being green is creating less damage, being sustainable is reaching net neutrality, but regeneration is actually making a place better.’ 

‘In order for us to move from sustainability to regeneration, we really need to have a whole system approach that creates an abundance for everyone involved; all the stakeholders, all the people on the land, the community, the wildlife, and especially, the whole entire ecosystem’. 

Amanda believes that the principles of Regenerative Travel begin with your own intentions and mindset. ‘We really believe in this regenerative mindset, first and foremost, starts with your intentions, and your own state of mind. Everything you do from there, how you plan your trip, how you travel…whether you take the train or bus, the hotel you choose…it comes back to your intentionality and how you choose to plan your destination.’

What does it mean to be a Regenerative Resort?

All hotels meet a minimum criteria and we look at 29 metrics. They ask properties to submit data collection in the scope of environmental and social impact.

The founding hotel of Regenerative Travel is Playa Viva in Mexico, founded by David Leventhal, who is also Amanda’s co-founder. Playa Viva built an eco-system for regeneration in Mexico.

Playa Viva, Mexico

Regeneration starts from the mindset and comes back to the owners. All properties are independantly owned and owners are very involved.

Regenerative Travel Summit 2021

Regenerative Travel hosted its second Travel Summit 2021 in September. Ho believes that the travel industry can serve as a catalyst for change, generating economic, social, and environmental wealth. The summit brought together thought leaders and emerging innovators to discuss practical solutions for the industry’s greatest challenges and tools to unite travel with conscious consumers’ desire to do good. 

A keynote speaker at the summit was Stephen Satterfield, host of the critically-acclaimed Netflix docuseries High on the Hog. He shared his work on how to better understand humans and the world through food. 

What’s Been Your Most Memorable Places To Visit?

Oasy Hotel is situated in the heart of Tuscany and features an expanse of incredible wildlife and biodiversity, stretching over more than 900 hectares of the Apennine Mountains, meadows and woodlands. Ho describes how it was unlike any part of Italy she’d visited before – from the farm to table dining experience, to creative excursions and the wolves she saw on her travels. In addition to this, the hotel, in collaboration with WWF, created a forest fund to recover and transform the land into the protected oasis we see today. 

Fogal Island Inn in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The hotel is a leading member of our community. Newfoundland was thriving on cod fishing but as a result of overfishing the island became very poor. Thanks to Zita Cobb, founder of Fogo Island Inn, she reinvigorated the island. One of the amazing thing that they do is that they integrate the community into the experience. Instead of a tour guide, you are invite over by a local and they show you how they live. They match a different visitor with a local family.

What Does It Mean To Be A Regenerative Traveller? 

‘This comes back to mindfulness; what kind of person are you? And what kind of impact do you want to make on the world? How can you make that change in your daily life – it doesn’t have to be drastic. It might simply engage more with someone at a coffee shop or someone in your neighbourhood. The mindset really starts at home.’

Solar Powered

It was Molly’s lengthy and unique experience that led her to launch HIGHR Collective, a brand that offers ‘radical transparency into our products, processes, and raw materials.’

Hart began her career in the beauty industry at the age of 18, when she worked part-time as a make-up artist at a MAC counter. After, she would work at Estée Lauder’s corporate headquarters based in New York City, as part of the company’s first digital marketing division. Part of her role in the newly established team was to community manage the Facebook pages of several prestigious beauty brands. 

“No one ever had to answer questions from customers…at a corporate level before. I was the only person working with this brand at a particular time who would answer these questions, and this started my personal research into clean beauty back then..”

‘I got to see the exchange happening behind the scenes from customers and then trying to get an answer from colleagues in PR or product development. I got to see that the industry, especially in the US, is largely unregulated. Clean beauty has really come from the FDA’s failure to regulate in the states.’

What we spoke about

Lipstick is the most invasive beauty product out there. Whereas some products can be absorbed into your skin, with lipstick – which could be reapplied throughout the day, you’ll undoubtedly and unconsciously ingest it into your body. 

When conceptualising the brand, Hart decided that sustainability needed to be a focal point from start to finish, which she would do by creating a clean product and monitoring the supply chain. 

She tracks everything, including air travel and accommodation. In doing so, she is able to tell her customers exactly how much one lipstick saves in terms of CO2. In regards to the manufacturing, even the chemists formulating the cosmetics work in a 100% solar-powered factory based in LA.

Overcoming Challenges In The Beauty Industry 

In traditional lipsticks, polyethylene – a liquid-like plastic, is used to make the texture smooth. However, by working with suppliers and chemists who shared the same perspectives, Hart was able to create a collection with an impressively smooth texture and rich pigment. Though the founder admits this was achieved by trial and error and was by far, the most challenging part of the process. 

Packaging waste is something the whole of the beauty industry is faced with tackling. Hart explains that this is timely and costly, as it can often concern custom tooling and the testing of new materials. However, she has managed to upcycle her packaging from a shoe company based in Italy and made it completely compostable. 

The only thing that isn’t sustainable is the lipstick tubes, which are made from aluminum. Though the brand is looking into a refilling system, for now, HIGHR Collective’s lipsticks feature a small mirror inside the cap, with the appeal of it becoming a keepsake for customers.  

What does the future hold for HIGHR Collective?

The brand aims to stick to lipsticks for the next future years, but branch out into new shades, lip care, and more!

Molly’s advice for a more sustainable future

Look for transparency (in brands), across websites – if they’re happy to share what’s in their products and how it’s made, why certain ingredients are there. 

Check out the EWG website – they rank products in the market and give you transparency through a point system.

In terms of sustainability, look for hard facts – beyond packaging.