7 Zero Waste Tips for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Making your home as minimal waste and earth-friendly as possible is one thing, but what happens when your urge for adventure and exploration comes calling? Isn’t the whole point of living a sustainable lifestyle, that you can protect the stunning planet we live on? Preserve it, so many generations to come can explore its beauty and wonders! Looking at it that way, it makes sense to safeguard it, right?

Here are 7 tips, tricks, or swaps for your next adventure to do exactly that.

NOTE: Going zero waste doesn’t have to be perfect, and it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If you can only use one of these suggestions on your next vacation, it will be fantastic. If you can do two, even better!

Like with the NOW Care Instant Soaps, it’s all about the first steps in the right direction. Imagine the huge leap we can take if we all take those little steps? So, if you want to cut down on disposables and single-use plastics on your next outdoor adventure, here’s how to do it.

1. Meal Prepping and Planning

Not only are homemade hiking meals far less expensive, but they are also often healthier and taste better. It doesn’t have to be difficult, and it can make those well-deserved breaks on the trail even more enjoyable because you can simply sit down and eat. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy home-cooked food?

Making your own snack is a simple step that drastically reduces waste, so it seems to be a no-brainer! Our absolute go-to hiking snack is a combination of homemade pasta salads in a foldable Tupperware and oat cookies, for that much-needed sugar rush (especially on long days of hiking)!

Not only are homemade hiking meals far less expensive, but they are also often healthier and taste better. It doesn't have to be difficult, and it can make those well-deserved breaks on the trail even more enjoyable because you can simply sit down and eat. Plus, who doesn't enjoy home-cooked food?

2. Use Reusable Containers & Cutlery

Why should we use plastic and aluminium foil in nature if we say no to them at home? Instead, consider investing in quality trekking food containers and you’ll never look back!

Reusable containers & cutlery can be washed and reused multiple times. This saves space in your backpack and means you have to carry less trash around. Win-win? We’d definitely say so! If you buy one that will last, you may never need to buy another. Perhaps you already have something suitable stashed away in the cupboards? It’s time to bring them out of retirement and take them on your next adventure!

3. Bring a Water Filter

Bringing a reusable water bottle on your outdoor adventures is an absolute must! But your water bottle is useless if it is empty. Carrying a water filter allows you to take advantage of the natural water sources accessible to you rather than purchasing anything packaged in plastic. Plus, you can save a lot of weight if you don’t have to carry around several liters of water. Win-win #2!

4. What to do when “nature calls”

Whether you call it poopin’, peeing, or “going for little girls” (Swiss German expression, but why not? 😅) we all have to respond when nature calls. Knowing how to relieve yourself in the wild certainly comes with some practice and also calls for some unusual talking material when meeting people on the road (is that weird?)

Here’s a quick guide on how to pee in the forest: 

  1. Choose a spot at least 60 meters away from a natural water source
  2. Pick a place that absorbs water quickly. For example, soft spots of earth, especially covered in pine cones or floors with loose earth. 
  3. Always take your toilet paper with you and be sure to store it safely until you can find the next rubbish bin. You can even use a reusable pee cloth, so you don’t need to carry around the filthy paper.
Whether you call it poopin', peeing, or “going for little girls” (Swiss German expression, but why not? 😅) we all have to respond when nature calls. Knowing how to relieve yourself in the wild certainly comes with some practice and also calls for some unusual talking material when meeting people on the road (is that weird?)

Here’s a quick guide on how to pee in the forest: 
Choose a spot at least 60 meters away from a natural water source
Pick a place that absorbs water quickly. For example, soft spots of earth, especially covered in pine cones or floors with loose earth. 
Always take your toilet paper with you and be sure to store it safely until you can find the next rubbish bin. You can even use a reusable pee cloth, so you don’t need to carry around the filthy paper.

5. For “that time of the month”

Just like plastic soap bottles, sanitary items generate a lot of single-use waste that isn’t recycled and causes a lot of environmental damage all around the world. Those days are long gone, and we’re lucky enough to be living in a time with a huge range of solutions to fit your monthly needs and help you keep your waste on the road and at home to a minimum. Consider investing in period underwear or silicone cups. Simple, effective, and so much better for the planet!

6. Repair & Reuse Your Gear

Our outdoor gear is our best friend on any adventure. Just like Bill Connolly once said: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only wrong clothes”. By taking care of your gear you not only extend its life and save money, but also reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Thousands of tons of waste are transported to landfills every year from to the garment industry alone, so taking care of what you have is the best way to make it last.

7. Use Low Waste Soap Options for Your Self-Care Routine

Even on the road, taking care of yourself and your body is essential. And let’s be honest, even though getting dirty is part of the adventure, there is no better feeling than taking a nice relaxing shower after a sweaty day int he outdoors. Whether you shower at the campsite or at home, opt for a low waste soap to complete your sustainable outdoor day. NOW Care Instant Soap Powders have been developed with mindful explorers like you in mind – so you can take care of the environment and yourself equally. Just mix the powder with water in the NOW Care bottle, shake it up, and you’ve got a foaming body soap, shampoo or hand soap on the go!

On the road for several days? Bring a small soap dispenser with you and refill your shampoo or body soap with our Instant Soap Powders. That saves weight in your backpack and nerves in your body because you don’t have to worry about those solid soaps slipping around.  

Let us know which of these 7 zero waste tips you are going to try for your next outdoor adventure! And don’t forget your trusty NOW Care Instant Soap Powders for that much needed shower at the end of a tiring, but daring day!

Even on the road, taking care of yourself and your body is essential. And let’s be honest, even though getting dirty is part of the adventure, there is no better feeling than taking a nice relaxing shower after a sweaty day int he outdoors. Whether you shower at the campsite or at home, opt for a low waste soap to complete your sustainable outdoor day. NOW Care Instant Soap Powders have been developed with mindful explorers like you in mind - so you can take care of the environment and yourself equally. Just mix the powder with water in the NOW Care bottle, shake it up, and you’ve got a foaming body soap, shampoo or hand soap on the go!
convenient and super simple

Bonus Tip!

Bonus Tip! There’s nothing worse than sharing the wonderful untouched spaces with the trash that other people have left behind. Instead of complaining about other people who can’t clean up after themselves, why not make a challenge out of it? For your next outdoor adventure, consider bringing a trash bag with you. Whoever collected the most trash during that day is invited to the well-deserved post-hike beer. How does that sound?

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