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EFFECTIVE WAYS TO REDUCE CAMPING TRASH

When you’re out camping, it usually means you understand the importance and appreciate the beauty of nature. You must know that it is important to protect the environment. While out camping, you must be responsible for keeping the surroundings of your campsite clean. Here are a few ways I hope to help you reduce camping trash.

PLAN AHEAD

Before you go camping, decide on the meals you want to have and prepare it beforehand, if possible. When thinking of what food you want to eat, consider bringing home-cooked meals instead of store-bought food and snacks. By doing this, you and your family can have meals while reducing the trash you produce.

If pre-cooking your food is not an option, however, consider cooking your food at the campsite itself. Bring your raw ingredients in reusable containers and prepare your meal over the campfire. Apart from forgoing one-time-use plastics, you’ll also have delicious, freshly cooked food to eat.

USE REUSABLE CUTLERY

One of the greatest and surefire ways to reduce camping trash is by using reusables. Instead of bringing disposable dishes and cutlery, why not use lightweight, reusable cutlery and plates instead?

You can use durable plastic lunch box containers you can reuse for a long time. Also, if you have metal or wooden cutlery at home which are lightweight, why not bring a few of those instead of disposable ones? Bringing reusables is more practical. It saves you money, and it helps preserve the environment.

USE MATCHES

To start a campfire, you need something to light it up. If you’re thinking about reducing trash, matches must then be your go-to fire starter instead of plastic lighters. I don’t know why but I always see lighters about the place. I’m always picking them up to put in the trash. Matches are made of wood, which is biodegradable. It’s also flammable, so you can toss it into the campfire without worrying about fumes that are harmful to the environment. I always keep a flint stone just in case.

COMPOST

Food is waste, too! If you have leftovers from your camping meals, don’t just throw it away, thinking that animals around the area can eat it.

Sometimes, human food can be harmful to animals; and leaving fruit peels and leftovers does more harm than good. Instead of irresponsibly leaving your food waste at the campsite, place it in a reusable bag and bring it home to compost.

Appreciating nature doesn’t stop at just getting awed by its beauty; it also calls for action. As a camper, one way to do this is by keeping your surroundings clean and by producing minimal waste.

 


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.