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15 Tips to Make Your Eco Camping Trip Greener

Lots of us will be staycationing this summer. Whether you are a rough and ready camper, or a pampered glamper, time in a tent gets you away from the stresses of everyday life and enjoying the great outdoors.

However, just because it’s good for us, doesn’t mean it’s good for the earth. Just picking the right camping location and going at the right time for wildlife – avoiding horny deers at mating season, for example! – will definitely reduce your environmental impact. Also, can you use green transport options? Could you walk or cycle or get the train rather than drive? And, if you have to buy camping equipment, how about these super-sustainable recommendations for happy, greener campers.

1. Vango Latitude 200 Sleeping Bag

Say no to down-filled sleeping bags! It’s much easier to get a good night sleep’s when you know your warmth isn’t down to feathers cruelly plucked from birds, right? There are now some awesome vegan sleeping bags available that are cruelty-free, environmentally friendly and top quality. Whether you’re planning a short summer camping trip, or an arctic expedition or even a weekend camping at a festival, the Vango Latitude 200 is offers great quality at a reasonable price. Mummy-shaped, the Vango’s Insulite Helix technology keeps you toastie. Plus, it has internal pockets for your book/torch/marshmallows* delete as applicable.

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2. Meow Meow Tweet Insect Repellent

Love the great outdoors but hate being mozzie bait? The good news for the sweet-blooded amongst us is there are lots of effective and powerful mosquito repellents that are also environmentally conscious. Meow Meow Tweet Insect Repellent is made with essential oil and certified organic ingredients including ethyl, lavandula angustifolia, acetic acid, and many more.  Best applied directly on the skin as if it were sunscreen, Meow Meow is safe for kids and dogs. Plus, it comes in a recyclable aluminum bottle. Insects, you’re cancelled. 

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3. Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 50

As seasoned British campers will attest, sunscreen isn’t the first thing you think of when you go camping in the UK. You’re more likely to grab the cagoule. That said, if you are lucky enough to catch some rays, don’t get caught out by sunburn. Broad-spectrum, lightweight, non-greasy, and mineral moisturizing, this smooth-glide stick is fab for the face, lips, nose, and ears. Even better, it’s super-compact too, so it won’t take up valuable marshmallow space in your backpack. Sun Bum products are all vegan and nasties-free too.

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4. Vaude 2 Person Low Chapel Backpacking Eco Tent

It can be hard to find an environmentally friendly tent. Most are made of synthetic materials in order to be waterproof. This eco-erection features a super-fast setup, with plenty of space for all sorts of gear in the vestibule. In addition, the top of the tent features a smart ventilation system that allows for an excellent microclimate to form inside the tent. Better still, all Vaude products are entirely PVC-free. Moreover, the company cooperates with the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) to ensure good working conditions and fair wages. And it’s super-light. A tent for trekkers!

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5.  Happy Planet’s Biodegradable Fragrance-Free Wipes

We know, we know. Wipes are the worst! The Marine Conservation Society says it has seen a 400% increase in wet wipes found along the UK coastline in the past decade. Made for babies bums but perfect for adult campers in “sticky” situations, at least Happy Planet’s products are 100% biodegradable. No fatbergs from these fragrance-free, plant-based wipes. The company also donates 10% of its profits to charities working to remove plastic pollution from oceans.

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6. Bambaw Stainless Steel Bottle 

We produce 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. And it takes a plastic bottle about 450 years to biodegrade. Plus, it leaches harmful chemicals into your drink and the environment. So green campers should invest in this sleek, stainless-steel water bottle from Bambaw. Topped with a sustainable bamboo lid, its wide opening makes it easy to add ice or fruits to your water or sundowner. Plus, every purchase helps the Marine Conservation Society protect 1m² of endangered seagrass.

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7. Naked Sprout Unbleached Bamboo Toilet Roll

Whether camping or glamping, this season’s must-have – 100% biodegradable bog roll. Fun facts about bamboo: it absorbs 5 times more carbon dioxide than trees, produces 35% more oxygen than trees, reaches maturity within 4-6 years (trees take 30-60 years), and requires no pesticides or fertilisers. This sustainable super plant can help limit deforestation with around 27,000 trees currently cut down every day to make toilet paper. Plus, every box of toilet rolls gives a child in Kenya safe water at school for 1 year via the Just a Drop charity partnership. 

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8. Jungle Culture Bamboo Cutlery Set

Bamboo is clearly the material of choice for eco camping equipment, providing a viable, eco-friendly alternative to plastics. In fact, bamboo cutlery search volume has surged by a whopping 306% over the last five years. These eco utensils by Jungle Culture are ethically sourced and handmade in Vietnam by skilled local artisans. Each set contains a serrated bamboo knife, sturdy bamboo fork, and a bamboo tablespoon as well as a bamboo straw and coconut fibre straw cleaning brush. Lightweight, foldable, and easy to fit in your purse, ha or jacket pocket. Ideal as a plastic-free alternative for eating on the go, lunch, picnics, and takeaways.

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9. BioLite CampStove 2 Wood Burning and USB Charging Camping Stove

Concerned about your camping carbon footprint? Take advantage of an innovative wood-burning stove. This Biolite beauty turns fire into electricity! Not only can you boil your water with just a handful of kindling, but you can charge your mobile at the same time. A smart, sustainable choice for those who want to keep the great outdoors great.

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10. Eukarya Origin Headlamp

It’s rechargeable, the aluminum frame is recycled and the Origin Headlamp by Eukarya has a wooden setting making it super sustainable. It looks good too. Even better, it delivers. With 300 lumens, high, low and strobe modes, an adjustable strap, and a tilting lamp position, it does everything your bog-standard headlamp does, just in a much more planet-friendly way.

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11. Coalatree Puffy Kachula Adventure Blanket

Don’t be deceived by this eco-friendly blanket. Yes, it’s made from recycled materials with a Bluesign approved nylon outer. Yes, it looks gorgeous with its graphic design. But what makes this cover even more covetable is that it’s also a cosy outdoor cape. Yup, the reinforced snaps connect together to make a poncho, keeping you warm and dry, whatever the weather.

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12. Vaude Tour 3.8 M Sleeping Mat

This self-inflating mattress is another excellent offering from eco-camping specialists Vaude. Its high R-value of 4 provides comfort in temperatures as low as -11.6°C (11.1°F). Equally, it’s super lightweight and small when packed, making it a great choice for multi-day hiking trips as well as car camping. Plus, the Tour 3.8 comes with Vaude’s Green Shape label, meaning it’s met a tough set of ethical and environmental guidelines that cover its entire lifecycle.

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13. LifeStraw Universal Water Filter Bottle Adapter Kit

One word. Game-changer. Ok, technically two words, but you get the picture. The LifeStraw gives you drinkable water wherever you are. It reduces the amount of chemical matter in the water, removes 99.9999% of all bacteria, and 99.9% of all protozoa. Even better, the adapter kit fits on almost all reusable water bottles, so you don’t need to cramp your green camping credentials by buying bottled water. LifeStraw also only use recycled plastic in their filters.

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14. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

Use this multi-purpose, certified organic, and biodegradable soap to clean your body, but also your hair and clothes. in fact, it’s so gentle on the environment that it can also be used as mouthwash! This third-generation German Jewish master soapmaker used the labels on his superb ecological soaps to spread his message “We are All-One or None!” Still family-owned and run, Dr. Bronner’s honors its founder’s vision by making environmentally responsible products and dedicating profits to charitable causes.

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15. Dandies Vegan Marshmallows

Camping means one thing. Marshmallows. Dandies light and fluffy pillows of vegan joy are perfect for campfire roasting, s’mores, topping a cup of hot cocoa, crispy treats, or snacking straight out of the bag! Whether in vanilla, pumpkin, or peppermint flavour, there are no animals in these marshies! Just watch out for the ones outside the tent. 

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