9 WAYS CAMPERS ARE GOING OUT OF THEIR WAY TO LOWER THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT
These days, more than ever, we’re more conscious of our carbon footprint. And we should be. As environmentalists like to say, “There is no Planet B.” But how can campers, many of whom drive big rigs, lessen the toll their trips take on the environment? Easy. There are hundreds of ways to be more eco-conscious when you camp. Here are a few things your fellow campers are already doing in an effort to be more sustainable while still enjoying Mother Nature.
1. USING FILTERED WATER INSTEAD OF BOTTLED WATER
Diane Vukovic, founder of Mom Goes Camping, has been camping since she was a toddler. Currently, she spends her free time taking her two daughters on outdoor adventures. One thing they never do while camping, however, is buy bottled water. The 36-year-old knows that even if plastic bottles get recycled, there’s still the carbon footprint left by having to produce and recycle them. Instead, her family uses water bottles with filters. They can literally drink water from anywhere. Her favorite is the Sawyer Mini (which is just $21 and has more than 30,300 reviews on Amazon).
June 4, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan