Camping in the great outdoors is one of life’s great joys. However, if campers aren’t conscientious and considerate about how they use the space available to them, camping can be terrible for the environment. Here are five ways of making your camping trip much greener.
Come Prepared For Litter
No matter how conscientious you are, and any camping trip is going to generate a certain amount of litter. If you are looking to reduce your impact on the local environment, ensuring that you are prepared to take all your rubbish home with you is essential. In fact, if at all possible, you should separate out your recyclable materials from the rest of your rubbish, so you can recycle them at the earliest opportunity.
Bring Your Own Water Filters
Instead of buying single-use disposable plastic bottles of water, it is much better to bring your own filters with you so you can utilize local water sources without having to worry about contaminants. Drinking water that you collect from the wild might not sound very appealing, but with a proper filtration system on your side, you can remove any harmful contaminants from the water.
Without camping water treatments, you are left with no option but to buy water off-the-shelf, or refill a reusable bottle. Neither option is ideal from a health or environmental perspective. Using a water filter will keep you safe and reduce your environmental footprint.
Think About Your Travel Arrangements
If you are serious about minimizing your environmental impact when going on a camping trip, you can begin before you have even set off. The method of transport that you choose to get you to your destination will affect your final footprint. If you are going to be camping as part of a larger group, try to organize some form of shared transport. It might not be possible to load up all your campers and their gear into a single car, but you can always turn to public transport if necessary or rent a vehicle.
Avoid Disposable Items
We all need to be moving away from disposable and single-use products wherever possible. Single-use products are terrible for the environment, they are contributing to an ongoing build-up of materials that are not biodegradable and which are causing serious problems for our planet. Wherever there are reusable and sustainable alternatives to disposable products, you should always lean towards the more sustainable option.
Look For Non-Toxic Sunscreen
This is something that people regularly overlook when they are looking for ways of reducing the carbon footprint of their camping trip. In terms of damage to the environment, you might not think that the sunscreen you choose to put on your skin would make much difference, but any chemicals that you are spraying around the area where you are camping can ultimately make their way into the local ecosystem.
There are now plenty of non-toxic and organic alternatives to common artificial products. You can find plenty of sunscreens that are made from all-natural ingredients and eschew anything harmful or artificial.
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