This summer, you’re going camping? Whether it’s wilderness camping or “hard” camping, here are some tips for green camping.
Camping holidays are a good way to escape into the wild while keeping your budget under control. In tents, mobile homes, or wild bivouacs, we still have an ecological footprint… that we can control! What are the right ecological actions to adopt at the campsite?
Green camping: what to do about it
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you should forget the right reflexes! We are of course thinking of saving water, sorting waste, turning off lights or even favouring soft modes of transport to get around (cycling on the campsite, public transport…).
Choose your natural camping spot carefully
First of all, to camp ecologically, it is advisable to choose your campsite carefully: the 5-star campsite with three swimming pools in the middle of the garrigue, we forget it! To choose a green campsite, we opt for establishments with the Green Key and European Ecolabel labels.
These campsites must meet certain criteria for water management, waste sorting and landscape planning in order to be eco-labelled.
If you choose wilderness camping, be careful where you pitch your tent: this practice is prohibited in national parks to respect the fauna and flora. Most of the time, rural land is owned by a person: it is better to ask for permission by knocking on the nearest door than to be dislodged in the middle of the night.
Ecological camping equipment
When camping, even if it’s green, it’s always a good idea to bring the essentials…
Think about solar lighting
For lighting, whether it is a flashlight or a storm lamp, a whole range of new equipment is available in solar format. These solar lamps avoid batteries or gas by using the renewable energy of the sun!
Green camping meals
It’s unthinkable to camp without the traditional meal! Forget plastic cups or, worse, disposable dishes, and opt for an “old-fashioned” meal: plates, glasses and cutlery made of stainless steel, an ecological and durable material. Bamboo utensils and plates can also be used to avoid plastic.
Down, tent: what ecological alternatives?
It is difficult to find ecological materials for camping equipment, often high-tech. Some committed brands sell accessories made of recycled materials: for example, Patagonia offers duvets made of recycled materials and a system for repairing its clothing and accessories.
As far as tents are concerned, we can opt for ecological tents that do not contain PFCs for example: the hiking site offers a good selection for you.
You can also opt for a second-hand tent to be found on specialized sites or also for… a cardboard tent, which can even withstand the rain!
Zero waste in camping
When camping, too, you can adopt zero waste: a necessity sometimes, especially in wild camping or bivouacs where you will have to transport your waste… Of course, the B-A-BA remains to leave no waste in the nature.
Keep an eye on your dog, why not install an outdoor kennel, so he can have fun, without causing any damage to the nature.
We therefore avoid overpackaged products, we prefer homemade or bulk products (which also allows us to take only small quantities).
To avoid having to use plastic bottles, we think of the reusable bottle that we will fill with tap water (or spring water).
Use solid soaps
On the cosmetics side, we prefer solid soaps and shampoos, which combine the advantages: they have no packaging, they do not leak in the bag and they do not contain toxic chemicals!
If you have to wash in outdoor showers, think of biodegradable soaps or Marseille soap, which also has the advantage of being able to wash dishes. If you wash in rivers or protected areas, biodegradable soap is not welcome either: it is better to adopt the “no soap”: no soap: no soap: for a few days, it is not that bad!