Summer is for having fun outside. A lot of us spend the summers camping and in nature. Being responsible regarding our waste during camping is paramount for the safety of the environment and our own. Unfortunately, many people don't realize how harmful their camping habits can be to the ecosystem.
From leaving behind trash to starting fires carelessly, there are many ways we impact nature when we camp. But it doesn't have to be this way! Although we firmly believe that we can all enjoy camping while being eco-friendly with a little effort.. With that in mind, here are 6 Tips for Sustainable Camping
1. Swapping out Disposables with Reusables.
The first step to zero waste camping is to ditch the disposables. That means saying goodbye to paper plates, plastic cups and plastic cutlery and using reusable options instead. Although the camping and outdoor stores carry many reusable camping options, we carry some great zero-waste essentials such as our Plastic free water bottles, The JOCO Glass Reusable Coffee Cup and Stainless Steel Reusable Cups.
Another way to reduce waste while camping is to bring along food that doesn't require packaging. This could mean bringing whole fruits and vegetables instead of pre-cut snacks or cooking meals from scratch using fresh ingredients. If you do need to get packaged foods, look for items that are minimally packaged or come in reusable containers. And, pack out all your trash when you leave so that the campsite is clean for the next visitors.
3. Cotton Totes instead of Plastic Bags for storage
Choose reusable totes instead of disposable plastic bags for storage and carrying things you need when camping. Although they are an investment, they will pay off if you re-use it and they will contribute to the plastic waste reduction. Check out this cute and fashionable cotton tote string bag that is perfect for camping or shopping.4.Practice Mindfulness
Another way to reduce waste is by being mindful of what you bring with you in the first place. Choose sustainable and eco-friendly options, like campfire logs made from recycled paper or Natural Fiber sleeping bags. You can also pack food in reusable containers instead of individual wrappers.
5. Say Goodbye to Plastic Ziploc bags
There's no need to use disposable plastic bags to store your ingredients when so many great reusable options are available. When packing your items, try to use a silicone alternative instead. Not only will this save you money in the long run, but it's also better for the environment. Check out our Reusable Silicone Snap Close Bag with a unique design that allows it to stand up for easier filling.
6. Go Plastic Free with Sunscreen
Protecting your skin from sun damage is important. It is also very important to make sure that you use a reef-safe sunscreen that will protect you against the UV rays, will not have any harsh chemicals for you and the environment. Check out our Plastic Free Natural Sunscreen that is safe for kids and those with sensitive skin.
Finally, remember to leave no trace when you pack up and head home! Be sure to dispose of all your trash correctly and clean up any messes you may have made. If everyone does their part, we can keep our campsites beautiful and sustainable for future generations
By following these tips, you can enjoy all that nature offers without harming the environment. So get out there and enjoy sustainable camping this summer!
We hope you enjoyed these tips for sustainable camping! Do you have any to add? Let us know in the comments below!