Plastic? Take a Hike | By Gemma Bassett

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Simple ways to reduce plastic and create positive change. 


Getting outdoors.

I have loved to camp for many years and there is nothing quite like the feeling of getting back to basics and being a part of the natural environment around you. So whether you’re wild camping, staying at a campsite or glamping - there are things you can do to reduce your plastic footprint.  


Take a reusable water bottle

They are really handy, not just for hiking or camping trips, but also in day-to-day life so having/investing in a great quality re-useable water bottle is a must. I personally have a Polar Gear one, but there are plenty on the market to have a look at. Here are a few of my favourites…


Chillys | One Green Bottle | Finisterre


Lunchboxes are great

OK - not all lunch boxes have to be made from plastic either, there are some brilliant ones on the market made from bamboo to dinky metal tins too. You can always use them beforehand for packing your playing cards for the evenings in the tent or even use them on a hike to keep plasters for when your shoes rub (which mine always do). They are very versatile.


EcoLunchBox | Elephant Box | BamBox

Metal Lunch Box


Thinking bigger.

Many a time I’ve gone looking for new equipment or clothing for a specific trip or experience. Dependant on what you’re doing it can get costly which is why I have started looking at alternative means of finding what I need.

I ask myself the following questions:

Is it something I have already but needs repairing?

Do my family or friends have what I need that I can borrow?

If the answer was yes, great success - crack on!

But if those answers were both no, my next steps usually involve looking on Gumtree or eBay for a secondhand version that’s nearly new or unused - many people get gifts bought for them, that they don’t want, need or have a use for - so it’s always worth checking out second-hand shops, apps and websites to see if you can get a bargain. Freecycle or local community groups can also be great places to search and share what you need and fingers crossed someone has something lying unused in a garage just around the corner.


Waste nothing

If you’ve decided to repair or up-cycle something and have the machine out already - you could take some old t-shirts and make them into something new like a shopping bag, drawstring bags for fruit or treats. They’re also good for taking on hikes as they would fold away easily and have multiple uses. I’ve found a YouTube video that shows you how to make your very own drawstring bag.
I’ve had a folded shopper in a backpack before and used it to collect dropped litter and rubbish on a trail. Doing an impromptu clean up helps our natural environment whilst also being a rewarding activity. You can also try and get others involved too - winner.


Noticed your friends also need something?

You can make a note in your phone or travel notebook and make your friends useful gifts for their own adventures for Birthdays or Christmas. It’s all kinds of thoughtful and creative rolled into one (and at the same time you’re doing great things for the environment - winner winner)


Check out more of Gemma's work over at her Instagram @yorkshireexplorer and her Petition to stop the use of clear single-use bags in airport security




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