Camping can be a great experience for both you and your family. After all, it gets the kids away from electronics and video games and also lets parents relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Camping also is a great time to go green and reduce your carbon footprint. And what could be better than going green when you’re outside? So before you pack up for your next trip to the great outdoors, check out these eco-friendly tips to make your camping experience greener.
Ditch the Disposables
I don’t think I’ve ever been on a camping trip where we didn’t use disposable flatware. However, it’s important to remember that many disposable and plastic dishes and flatware are not the best for the environment. Think of it this way: they use fuel and paper or oil to produce and they’ll most likely end up in landfills and take years and years to break down into the soil. It’s much better just to use reusable dishes and silverware that can be easy washed with water and biodegradable soap after dinner.
Stick to Your Campsite
Campsites are designated as such for a good reason. They are clearings of land that have been specially made for tents, bonfires, picnic tables, and more. They often don’t have threatened or endangered plant species on them either. Because of this, they’re ideal for camping and they’re what you should stick to when pitching a tent. It might seem like a better idea to find your own campsite where it’s flatter or where there is more shade, but it’s important to remain on your campsite. You could be harming plants and other species if you decide to camp elsewhere.
While you’re camping, it may be a good idea to wash your clothes, your body, or your flatware. In that case, it’s also good to use biodegradable soap too. Biodegradable soap is much easier on the environment and it also biodegrades much easier too. There are tons of great brands out there, but I personally love Coleman’s Biodegradable Soap, which sells for around $4 for 2 ounces. It smells great and is good for the environment. Not only that, but it’s for numerous uses too!
The number one rule about sustainable and green camping is to not leave a trace. You shouldn’t leave any garbage or harm any plant or wildlife while you’re camping. This can means things as simple as bringing your own fire wood instead of searching for it within the woods. It also means bringing your own garbage bags and taking your trash with you or disposing of it in the proper waste containers that are available within the park.
There are so many different ways you can go organic when camping. You can buy organic camping or hiking clothing, food, bug spray, sun block, and more. Organic uses no pesticides when farming, so there is no pesticide runoff into nearby bodies of water. Organic also uses sustainable farming practices to protect from soil erosion. So buy organic for your next camping trip!