Camping is a great way to have a more eco-friendly holiday. There are so many wonderful camping destinations dotted around the UK that you’ll be spoiled for choice when picking a spot to pitch up. To make sure your camping trip is as green as possible though it’s worth thinking about these points:
Sort Your Rubbish
We can’t get away from the fact that you’ll likely have to use some single-use plastic on a camping trip and some bits that aren’t recyclable. The number one rule of spending time in nature is to ‘leave nothing but footprints’ so it’s a given that we’ll be taking our rubbish with us but if you have a camping trip lasting more than a few days it could be an idea to have a few bin caddies with you to sort your rubbish into compostable, recycling and non-recycling whilst your there.
Find an EcoFriendly Sleeping Bag
Next to a tent, a sleeping bag is one of your key pieces of camping equipment so wouldn’t it be great if you can find one that’s as eco-friendly as possible? The Fine Bedding Company are a small family company started in 1912 whose main focus is working on the best way to innovate bedding design whilst being as sustainable as possible. They’ve developed a fibre technology called Smartfill which is made from Recycled PET bottles in their 100% zero waste eco-factory.
The Fine Bedding Company were kind enough to send me one of their Night Owl 3 in 1 Sleeping Bags to try out and I loved it – let’s take a closer look at it!
Considering it’s a double (or two singles) sleeping bag I was amazed at the size it could pack down to. It arrived in this cute duffle storage bag that has a sturdy toggle and carry cord attached to it. When I opened it out I fell in love with the softness of the fabric and the linen look pattern it had printed on it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stylish looking sleeping bag, I’d happily have this on my bed as a bedspread!
The stitch pattern on the sleeping bag means the filling stays evenly distributed (anyone else have tatty sleeping bags for sleepovers when they were younger where the stuffing had all clumped in funny places?…No?…just me) and means it’s a lot warmer than you’d probably expect, It’s rated as a 7 tog which I was a bit sceptical about at first as it felt so light and thin but it really is nice and snuggly warm.
Something you probably don’t know about me is that I’m an avid, but amateur, seamstress so I have a solid application for a good zip and this sleeping bag has great zips. They run nice and smooth and don’t catch on the fabric at all.
It’s also really easy to change the double sleeping bag into two singles – just run the zips around, fold the two double-sized pieces in half and zip back up! I would highly recommend the Night Owl 3-in-1 Sleeping bag
Biodegradable Toiletries are the new frontier in eco-friendly camping. You can use something as simple as soap and shampoo bars or go for more specialist products. You can get things like biodegradable suncream and toothpaste tablets – Pebble Mag has a really great rundown of some eco toiletry essentials.
If you really want to make sure that you’re keeping your carbon footprint as small as possible then choose somewhere local to camp, even better if you can find one that you can get to with just public transport or can cycle to!
If you’re only camping for a few days then it’s pretty easy to go fully off-grid! A decent cool box can keep food cool for a couple of days if you put some ice packs in it and you can get power banks to keep phones charged.