Even More Eco-Friendly Advice For Camping, Hiking, & More

Here at Backpacker's Pantry, we’re deeply committed to environmental sustainability. As lovers of the great outdoors, we’re also extremely proud of the conservation efforts we're able to make and love empowering others to do the same.

We’ve already shared 7 Tips For Eco-Friendly Outdoor Recreation, but we’re not done yet. Here are 6 more eco-friendly tips for greening up #YourAdventure.

1. Shop second-hand when you need new gear

With so many speciality consignment shops opening up specifically for outdoor gear and apparel, there’s rarely a need to buy something new. If there aren’t any gear-minded thrift or consignment stores near you, just turn to the internet. Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace are two sources that are worth checking out.

You’ll be helping the planet and your wallet, so this tip is a win-win.

2. If you have to purchase new gear, choose eco-minded manufacturers

When it comes to protecting the environment, all gear isn’t created equal. For example, Patagonia uses recycled polyester made from soda bottles, unusable manufacturing waste, and worn-out garments in much of their clothing. They also use recycled down, wool, nylon, and reclaimed cotton.

3. Get into the habit of carpooling

If you’re traveling alone to your favorite trails and camping spots, you’re doing it wrong. While it’s not always possible to find someone to drive with you, teaming up limits the number of cars clogging the roads and reduces harmful vehicle emissions.

4. Do better than Leave No Trace

Make #YourAdventure even greener and pick up forgotten trash while you’re out and about. Too many of our natural spaces are covered with litter, but you can make a big difference by picking up the slack. Small actions like this can be especially welcome in overused camping sites that see far too many negligent visitors.

5. Volunteer to mentor younger outdoor enthusiasts

If you think education translates to action, have you considered volunteering with an environmentally minded group that works with children? This article makes a strong argument about how role modelling and mentorship from outdoor educators can contribute to “pro-environmental action by offering an array of possibilities to engender pro-environmental behaviour.”

To find an opportunity that lets you empower future generations, check out VolunteerMatch.org.  

6. Recycle your Backpacker’s Pantry freeze-dried meal pouches

TerraCycle® and Backpacker's Pantry have partnered up to create a free recycling program for our freeze-dried meal pouches, so be sure to save all of your packaging.

Taking advantage of this program is free and easy. Just click the link above to request a recycling envelope using the form on the webpage. Your envelope will be shipped within 1-2 weeks. Once you have the envelope, all you’ve gotta do is fill it up with Backpacker's Pantry flexible packaging and send it back to TerraCycle using the prepaid shipping label.

You don’t even need to make a trip to the post office, because the envelope should be shipped through your regular ‘ol U.S. Postal Service mailbox. Now that’s eco-friendly!

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