When camping it can sometimes be trickier than you think to enjoy the outdoors in an environmentally-friendly way that is sustainable for the planet. Most food packaging is single-use and plastic, and you might still be using plastic zip lock bags which you often have to throw away. Whilst we know it’s not always easy, we want to help you be more sustainable on your camping holidays and protect the environment.
Luckily for you, the first step of being sustainable on holiday is actually going camping! Going camping gives you the chance to take a break from the constant need for electricity, heating and energy, which is also good to help bring those bills down and rekindle your love of nature.
Try hiking as much as possible! We all know how easy it can be to hop in the car and drive to the destination we need, but if the location is within walking distance, try walking there and back! Walking is also known for improving your mental and physical health, so it’s a great way of walking whilst reducing carbon emissions.
There are a variety of eco-friendly campsites that you can visit that work extremely hard to have as little impact on the environment as possible. If you’re looking to find the most sustainable campsite, you can do so here by checking out greenercamping.org
When camping, it can be quite hard to light a fire without thinking of how it will impact the environment, however there are alternatives! You can use more eco-friendly products such as natural fuel.
Food packaging is damaging to the environment and it’s rarely reusable or recyclable. You can soon accumulate quite a lot of it if you’re going for long stay camping trips. Depending on what your campsite offers, there may not be any option to recycle separately from general waste so if you are worried about the amount of single use plastics, you can dispense all of your food into food containers that will keep your food fresh as well as being reusable and washable. There are containers available that are made from rice husk which is a durable and sustainable, biodegradable alternative to plastic.
If you’re looking for fresh produce on your camping trips, you can shop for your produce at local farm shops and markets. You’ll be able to enjoy some delicious food with the added benefit of supporting the local economy.
Cleaning Up Your Camping Pitch
When it’s sadly time to go home, it’s important that you tidy up your camping pitch from litter and ensure it is clean ready for the next campers to use. It’s really important that you don’t leave a trace, as you’ll be helping the next campers after you and also leaving less hazards for the local wildlife.