The vacation season is upon us, and camping is the choice that many people make for a great time.
Many people believe that camping and eco-responsibility are intimately linked.
It's an ideal to strive for, but it's not always or entirely the reality - sometimes it's even the opposite.
Elements that increase the ecological footprint when camping
Obviously, if you calculate the carbon footprint of a trip by recreational vehicle, when you're transporting a comfortable mobile home with you, you're a long way from a simple car journey.
It's easy to understand, given the high fuel consumption, that the ecological footprint will be high.
Secondly, if we're not regular campers, it goes without saying that the basic equipment we need (tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment, etc.) can have a significant ecological footprint.
This can be especially true if we don't intend to use them on a regular basis, in which case it's likely that lower-quality choices, reducing the number of times the items are used, will increase the ecological footprint.
Being on vacation is a continuum of action or idleness, depending on the type of person you are.
Some people who crave idleness will tend to generate a lot of waste. They may, for example, buy disposable crockery so they don't have to wash it, over-packaged convenience foods or bottled water. All this waste on the campsite, and in everyday life, certainly increases the ecological footprint.
Finally, camping usually means being close to natural environments. Natural environments are teeming with biodiversity, a fragile balance that is sensitive to change.
We therefore draw your attention to cleaning products (e.g. dishwashing soap) and body products (e.g. sunscreen, shampoo and insect repellent). Many popular products are non-biodegradable and contain persistent ingredients that weaken the ecosystem.
Of course, when it comes to the distraction and pleasure sought through motorized sports, it goes without saying that they all have a significant ecological impact on the avoidable carbon footprint and biodiversity.
Tips and tricks for reducing your ecological footprint when camping
There are a host of small and large decisions that can reduce our ecological footprint when camping.
- Favoring more eco-responsible travel: small cars, public transit and active transportation. Cycling is a great way to visit, keep fit and have a reduced ecological impact.
- If you're looking for a camping experience, or just do it once in a while, it's best to borrow or rent the necessary equipment.
- When it comes to cleaning and body care products, generally speaking, simplicity through a reduced number of ingredients is represented for a reduced risk to you and the environment. Also, it's better to dispose of soiled water in the ground (filtration) than directly in watercourses.
- A tip for waste reduction: get ready, bring what you need and make every moment, including washing up, an event where you take the time to do things.
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