Camp and Hike with Less Impact

Reduce and reuse on your next camping and hiking trips! In this episode, we’ll talk about:

  • where to get gear, whether secondhand, rented or new
  • the creative reuse challenges associated with stoves and lanterns
  • reducing food packaging waste
  • preparing for long-distance hikes
  • finding ways to creatively reuse at your campsite
  • what to do with damaged camping gear
  • trash at music festivals where people camp

Camping and Hiking Gear – Buying Secondhand, New or Getting Free

Creative Reuse Ideas at the Campsite

Cinnamon rolls baked in an orange peel

Store first aid supplies or spices in pieces of plastic straw

Make your head lamp into a lantern

Make a toilet paper holder from a coffee container

Companies Who Make Items from Recycled Tents

Long-Distance Hiking

Check out this Zero Waste Countdown interview with two long-distance hikers who incorporated many zero-waste and creative reuse tips into their trip.

Camping at Music Festivals

A video came out this year of the Reading Festival with shocking visuals of thousands of tents going to landfill:

Some of my Family’s Camping Memories

Treehouse where we camped in New Brunswick - August 2014 - Those are my parents - we had a screen tent underneath for cooking to keep blackflies away

Treehouse where we camped in New Brunswick – August 2014 – Those are my parents – we had a screen tent underneath for cooking to keep blackflies away

Cooking breakfast on a Coleman two-burner stove

Cooking breakfast on a Coleman two-burner stove

My son waking up in a tent, August 2010

My son waking up in a tent, August 2010

Putting up our tent in a field, June 2011

Putting up our tent in a field, June 2011

Foil dinner prep while camping - August 2013

Foil dinner prep while camping – August 2013

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