As an adventurer, hiker, skier or snowboarder, you likely spend a lot of time outdoors and have a deep appreciation for the environment. However, these activities can also have a significant impact on the planet. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce your impact and enjoy these activities in a more sustainable way.
One of the most impactful ways to reduce your environmental footprint as an adventurer is to choose sustainable gear. Look for products made from recycled or eco-friendly materials and avoid products made from non-recyclable plastics or other harmful materials. Check out this guide to sustainable outdoor gear from REI for some great options.
Transportation can be a significant source of carbon emissions for outdoor activities. Consider carpooling, taking public transportation, or even biking or walking to your destination. If you do need to drive, choose a fuel-efficient vehicle or consider renting an electric car.
As an adventurer, it's important to practice Leave No Trace principles, which means minimizing your impact on the environment by leaving the natural environment as you found it. This includes packing out all trash, avoiding campfires in areas where they are prohibited, and respecting wildlife and natural habitats.
When you're out on the trail or on the mountain, it's important to minimize your waste. Bring reusable water bottles and food containers instead of disposable ones, and choose foods with minimal packaging. Consider using a composting toilet or burying human waste to minimize your impact.
If you're travelling to a new destination for outdoor activities, look for tour operators and accommodations that prioritise sustainability. Consider staying in eco-friendly lodges, supporting local businesses, and respecting local cultures and traditions.
Sustainable Gear Guide - REI
Leave No Trace Principles - Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Sustainable Tourism - National Geographic