Earth Day: Practical Tips for Plastic-Free Outdoor Adventures

As we celebrate Earth Day, it’s not just a moment to celebrate the beauty of our planet, but an open invitation and opportunity to acknowledge our responsibility towards the environment.


At Aire Libre, we’re deeply committed to connecting with nature to understand and preserve the natural landscapes we explore and the communities we encounter along the way. This year’s Earth Day theme, “Planet vs Plastic,” highlights the urgent environmental challenge of plastic pollution facing our world today, endangering ecosystems, wildlife, and human health. However, amidst these challenges, there’s hope. As advocates for sustainable and responsible outdoor experiences, we believe in the power of collective action and individual choices to make a positive impact. In this spirit, let’s explore some practical actions that empower outdoor enthusiasts to lessen their reliance on plastic and enhance their connection to the great outdoors.

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1. Choose Reusable Water Bottles and Containers:

 

Single-use plastic water bottles are a significant contributor to plastic pollution. Instead of reaching for disposable bottles, invest in a durable, reusable water bottle made from stainless steel or BPA-free plastic. Bring along refillable containers for snacks and meals to avoid disposable packaging, reducing your plastic waste significantly.

 2. Opt for Biodegradable Hygiene Products:

 

When venturing into the great outdoors, it’s essential to maintain personal hygiene responsibly. Choose biodegradable soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste to minimize your impact when washing up outdoors. Many eco-friendly options are available on the market, breaking down harmlessly in the environment without leaving behind plastic residues.

 

3. Choose Clothing Made from Recycled Materials:

 

Did you know that your outdoor apparel could contribute to plastic waste? Look for clothing and gear made from recycled materials, such as plastic bottles or recycled nylon. Not only do these products reduce the demand for new materials, but they also help divert plastic waste from landfills, making them a win-win for both you and the planet.

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4. Consider Natural Fibers for Camping Gear (When Possible):

 

When it comes to outdoor gear, we understand that functionality is key, and many items are made from synthetic materials for their breathability and waterproof properties. However, when possible, consider opting for camping gear made from natural fibers such as cotton, wool, or hemp. While these materials may not offer the same technical performance as synthetics, they provide excellent durability and comfort, especially in moderate conditions.

If natural fibers don’t meet your specific needs, prioritize choosing the best quality and most durable synthetic gear available. Look for brands that have good sustainability practices, such as offering repair programs and recycling initiatives. By investing in high-quality gear from environmentally responsible brands, you can minimize your environmental impact while enjoying the outdoors to the fullest.

 

5. Say No to Single-Use Plastics:

 

Make a conscious effort to avoid single-use plastics like utensils, straws, and plastic bags during your outdoor excursions. Instead, pack reusable alternatives made from bamboo, stainless steel, or other sustainable materials. By eliminating single-use plastics from your packing list, you’ll significantly reduce your plastic footprint and protect the environment.

 

6. Practice Leave No Trace Principles:

 

Whether you’re hiking, camping, or simply enjoying nature, always adhere to Leave No Trace principles. Pack out all your waste, including plastics, and dispose of it properly when you return from your adventure. Additionally, take a few moments to pick up any litter you come across, helping to preserve the beauty of our outdoor spaces for future generations.

 

7. Support Sustainable Brands:

 

When purchasing outdoor gear and apparel, support companies that prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility. Look for certifications like bluesign® or Fair Trade, ensuring that your purchases align with your values. By voting with your wallet, you can encourage more companies to adopt eco-friendly practices and reduce their plastic footprint.

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As we celebrate Earth Day and reflect on our relationship with the planet, let's commit to making plastic-free choices during our outdoor adventures!

Remember, we can’t protect what we don’t know. By embracing reusable alternatives, choosing sustainable materials, and supporting eco-conscious brands, we can all play a part in protecting earth and preserving the beauty of our natural world.

 

At Aire Libre, our mission is grounded in one fundamental truth: Immersing ourselves in nature cultivates a profound understanding of our responsibility to protect it.

 

From April 18th to 30th, enjoy a 10% discount on all our hiking and running retreats & getaways! Use the code EARTHDAY at checkout.

 

Embrace nature’s invitation and take the first step towards a deeper connection with the world around us.

 

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