8 Sustainable Camping Accessories That Show How Much You Love The Earth

<8 Sustainable Camping Accessories That Show How Much You Love The Earth>

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  • It’s called the Great Outdoors for a reason. But to keep the outdoors great, we have to help protect it. After all, what good is camping gear if there’s not a healthy environment in which to use it? Everything we purchase—big, small, cheap and expensive—has a measurable effect on our planet. And that includes the outdoor gear we use to explore it. Of course, the remedy isn’t to stop adventuring; we just need to be more mindful about purchasing sustainable camping gear that doesn’t harm the world we’re trying to explore. 

    Sustainably-made products help keep the Great Outdoors great.

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    Luckily there are myriad outdoor brands working to make it easier for consumers to lessen their footprint—and to keep those outdoor playgrounds intact for generations to come—by creating more sustainable products.

    Whether it’s making a commitment to not waste materials, to recycle and upcycle gear or to stamp out the inclusion of single-use plastics, we’ve rounded up a who’s who of companies that walk the walk in terms of sustainable business practices. Read on for some of our favorite sustainably made camping products that protect our outdoor spaces with high-quality, long-lasting and smart designs.


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    A Sustainable, Recycled Chair

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    REI

    NEMO Equipment Moonlite Recliner

    NEMO’s ethos is “designed to last, not to landfill.” And it’s not just an empty promise. The brand takes waterproofing seriously, which helps extend the lifespan of its products. NEMO also relies on sustainable down in sleeping bags and also upcycles scraps from one product to craft others, minimizing waste. 

    General sustainability practices aside, we’re particularly excited about the Moonlite Recliner. Not only is it durable, comfortable and supportive, but it also uses 100% post-consumer recycled materials (meaning it was made with parts that would have otherwise been trashed) in the mesh, binding and webbing. That’s a move that earned the company a variety of industry awards, including the Backpacker’s Editor’s Choice Award, the iF Design Award and the GOOD Green Design award. To be fair, it’s a bit heavy for backpacking, but the recliner makes a good car camping, concert or tailgating chair. 

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    A Blanket With Responsibly Sourced Insulation

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    Rumpl

    Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket

    Down is considered one of the best thermal insulators found in nature—the light structure of the feathers helps trap air that keeps you warm. But sourcing down is often an ugly process. Rumpl does an end-run around this challenge, though: All of Rumpl’s products come from one of two sustainable pathways. Some are made and insulated with a synthetic insulation—recycled polyester. The rest is made from responsibly sourced down. Either way, all of Rumpl’s products offer comparable warmth and insulation.

    The Original Puffy Blankets that kickstarted the company make for fabulous camping gear. The blankets are lightweight, packable, warm and water resistant—and come in oodles of colors and patterns. You can show your love of public lands with the brand’s National Parks Collection, which depicts the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains and Yosemite, among others. As a member of 1% For The Planet, Rumpl donates a portion of the sales of its Parks blankets to the National Park Foundation. 


    A Sleeping Pad Made from Sugarcane

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    Big Agnes

    Big Agnes TwisterCane BioFoam Pad

    A comfy sleeping pad is a camping essential—and you can feel good about this one from Big Agnes. This pad (as well as this Twistercane BioFoam Hiking Seat) is made from a surprisingly fully renewable material: sugarcane extract. It’s helpful for the environment, because the sugarcane helps reduce dependency on Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (a type of non-sustainable plastic used in many sleeping pads). And thanks to CO2 capture, sugarcane helps contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gases.

    And here’s what you need to know about the BioFoam Pad: It’s lightweight, rolls tight and is quite durable. Most importantly, it puts some much-needed cushioning between you and the ground. 


    The Only Carbon-Neutral Camp Fuel

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    Primus

    Primus Lite Plus Backpacking Stove System

    Primus has long been known for the efficiency of its camp stoves. What you may not know: Primus is the only stove brand that sells carbon-neutral camp fuel. The brand invests in a carbon-offsetting program that provides access to fuel-efficient kitchens in Uganda to compensate for the gas emissions and the creation of the metal container. 

    This Lite Plus Backpacking Stove uses bio-based plastic in the lid and fuel canister foot, cork for insulation and recycled materials for the pot sleeve. And if something goes wrong with it (or any Primus product), the sustainable move is getting it serviced by Primus—as you’d expect, it’s better to repair than replace. 


    A Recycled Hammock That Grows Trees in Madagascar

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    Nakie

    Nakie Recycled Hammock

    Proof that you can be lazy and still help the planet, this hammock from Nakie is made from 100 percent recycled materials—including about 37 plastic water bottles. It’s sturdy enough to hold two adults (and perhaps a dog or two) with a whopping 500 pound weight limit. But even if it does take an unexpected beating, they Nakie offers a lifetime warranty. Each hammock comes with the necessary straps and carabiners—in other words, everything you need to hang it from a pair of sturdy trees. And because trees are an essential component in what Nakie does, the brand also plants four trees in a Madagascar reserve with every purchase. To date, that adds up to over 150,000 trees. 


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    Sustainably Sourced Jacket That Scrunches Into a Pocket

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    Mountain Hardwear

    Mountain Hardwear Women's Ghost Whisperer/2 Hoody

    Generally speaking, saying a jacket is made of trash isn’t much of a compliment. But in the case of this Mountain Hardware’s Ghost Whisperer/2 Hoody, it actually is. The brand relies on 100% recycled materials for the face and trim fabric—in other words, it uses trash that would otherwise be destined for landfills.

    The jacket also uses 800-fill, responsibly sourced, RDS-certified down insulation to help keep you warm. (An ounce of 800 fill down will loft to 800 cubic inches.) It’s always at least a little bit colder after dark, so bringing an ultralight, layer-able jacket on your camping trip is a good idea year round. And this one takes up a scant amount of space—it can literally pack into its own pocket. 

    This is the women’s version, but Mountain Hardwear offers a version of the jacket for men as well. 


    An Upcycled Backpack

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    Cotopaxi

    Cotopaxi Inca 26L Backpack

    You need to get all your gear to your campsite somehow, so why not do it with this thoughtfully designed backpack from Cotopaxi? It’s part of the brand’s (Re)Purpose Collection, which uses high-quality bits and pieces left over from other companies’ production runs. Despite having a Frankenstein-like build, it’s well designed, with adjustable straps and smart storage solutions. And because it’s made from scraps, no two bags look exactly alike—the colors are literally one-of-a-kind. Consider it sustainably bespoke.

    Beyond backpacks, the brand also uses scraps in coats, fanny packs and even masks. Its goal is to make every product with 100% repurposed materials by next year. 


    A Solar-Powered Light

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    BioLite

    BioLite SunLight 100

    BioLite’s mission statement is “To empower people and protect our planet through access to renewable energy.” The company does that by making affordable, quality products—like lamps, stoves, and battery banks—that are powered by the sun.

    The SunLight 100 Portable Solar Light is particularly nifty. During the day, clip it to your backpack or leave it on a table and let the sun charge it via the wide solar panel on the back. At night, hand it from the roof of your tent to illuminate your space.

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    8 Sustainable Camping Accessories That Show How Much You Love The Earth

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    8 Sustainable Camping Accessories That Show How Much You Love The Earth

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