Sustainable camping? This is how!
Where there’s a will, there’s a way
Your holiday starts when the journey begins. If your destination isn’t too far away, then it is best to go by train. First and foremost, that means you can sit back and relax. Not only is this more leisurely, you automatically have a less adverse effect on your surroundings. There are usually buses for the last leg of the journey to the campsite. Those who wish to travel on foot or by bike, on the other hand, not only protect the environment but are also that bit more independent.
Speaking of campsites. It is mandatory to use them in most European countries. Those who wish to camp in nature should take their trip in a Scandinavian country. In these countries, however, there are numerous places that carry a so-called ‘Nordic Swan Ecolabel’. These providers rely on sustainable energy, for example, use timers for air conditioning and bathroom installations, carefully separate waste, offer ecologically produced food, engage with animal welfare and so on. There are some really great providers that do this and you can find an overview on sites such as Ecocamping e.V.
How many luxuries do you need?
A hairdryer, electric kettle or your laptop – all these things are nice to have on holiday but are not actually that necessary when it comes down to it. They require quite a lot of power and are therefore top culprits for excessive energy consumption. The costs don’t just mount up for the environment – but also for your wallet. There are better ways to burn through your resources when you’re on holiday! In fact, minimalism is the exact reason why camping appeals so much to so many people: because there are fewer distractions, people become more aware of things and automatically become more appreciative of the simple pleasures in life.
Keep the impact small
The few soapsuds which trickle into the stream or pieces of toilet paper left in the forest won’t make the world come to an end, right? Unfortunately, that’s not quite true. Toilet paper takes years to fully decompose in the earth. Body creams and shower gels often contain microplastic or silicone which have really serious consequences for nature. Use your holiday as an opportunity to revert to natural alternatives. Olive oil, sesame oil and marigold oil are real cosmetic wonders. Moreover, they’re also great for cooking – meaning double the practicality. There are a whole host of household goods that can be made into deodorants, shampoos or soaps which are guaranteed to be kind to the environment. Just hit the search engine and be surprised at how much you can do yourself. If that’s not for you, then a trip to the health food store will be worthwhile, as you can find many biologically degradable care products there – for example, toothpaste tablets which have significantly fewer chemicals in them than traditional toothpaste.
Zero waste challenge
Let’s be realistic: having 100% zero waste is practically impossible, especially when camping. Taking this challenge, however, makes you more conscious of the topic and keeps it on your mind right from when you very first pack for your trip. Reusable containers such as glasses or metal cans make transporting food easier, and it goes without saying that having your own water bottle is a must-have. When camping in the forest, your ultimate rule should always be: don’t leave any trace behind. Our practical rubbish bag Re Wasty, made of completely recycled materials, helps when you’re on the road. Did you know that a banana skin discarded in the mountains takes up to 10 years to decay?
Being environmentally conscious doesn’t just stop at the outfit, quite the contrary. That's why Jack Wolfskin always strives for innovative processes that make clothing as sustainable as possible. The models in our Texapore Ecosphere collections are therefore pioneering, and support you in your camping activities – regardless of whether you’re hiking in the mountains or sitting at a campfire on the beach. Details aside, we wish you an amazing and sustainable adventure!