Some bonus tips for doing your part for the environment include:
Borrowing or renting equipment
To avoid new product manufacturing and waste, consider borrowing or renting equipment from friends. Things like tents, sleeping bags, fire pits, backpacks, and other camping gear are typically durable enough to get some extra love.
This is also a great idea for those who aren’t sure which gear to buy, what brand they like, or if camping is a once-per-year thing.
Depending on what you’re using batteries for, reusable batteries have been found to have less of an adverse impact on the environment.
Overall, if you’re using the product a lot (camera, torch, etc) opt for rechargeable to avoid consistent purchasing and disposing of the single-use batteries.
Or try to find solar-powered tools and keep them out in the sun all day so they last all night.
Make-ahead organic snacks and foods
Since you’re taking things with you instead of depending on nearby stores and restaurants for food, there are various positives to pre-prepared organic food.
While you pack your snacks in reusable containers and bags, consider organic food to avoid the environmental impact of chemicals, preservatives, and more. Try drying organic fruits and veggies to save space when packing, and then rehydrating them out on the trail with water.
Year-round outdoor lovers will notice a significant increase in litter and unsustainable camping practices throughout the warmer months. Sustainability is realistic for all outdoor activities, whether it be birthday parties, a BBQ, or camping.
We welcome you to slowly change your camping gear and products and share these simple swaps with your fellow outdoor lovers. Together we can choose low-waste and eco-friendly alternatives to leave less of an impact on nature.