If you are going on a camping trip or for a day hike with some friends, you will be thinking about packing up some food. This will be the case even if there are restaurants in the area, because you are going to need to drink and eat snacks in between times that you get a big meal. But the last thing that you want to do while you are appreciating nature is pack foods in a way that is going to create trash waste. It can be very disheartening to go to a campsite or a hiking trail, and see the piles of trash on the ground, or trash bins overflowing with trash waste. So here are some ways that you can do your part to keep these trash bins empty, and to not cause any more harm to the earth with trash waste.
First, you need to think about the foods that you are going to pack. How are you going to package them? Here are some items that you are going to want to pack. First, get yourself a cooler made out of biodegradable materials. There are plenty of them on the market. You will either have to go to a specialty store, or look for them online. There are some mainstream “big box” stores that are moving towards carrying camping supplies made out of these materials. You certainly can by thermoses and water canisters from these stores. These aren’t the old thermoses or canisters that are thought of as heavy, or that will make your water taste like rust and metal. These are modern, sanitary, and reusable. They are also streamlined, and made for our busy lifestyles. They come many times with a lobster-claw clasp that you can attach to your backpack straps. These are what you want to have available to carry your water, and other liquids in.
As far as your sandwiches, you can wrap them in wrapping that is made out of recycled materials. Yes, there will be some trash waste, but at least this trash waste can be reused, so you are still being responsible to the environment. If you are packing food that requires forks and such, why not just bring some from your kitchen? Yes, there will be dishes to wash when you get back home, but that’s no big deal. You will be doing your part to keep plastics out of the landfills. You can also package napkins that are made from recycled materials. These can serve many purposes. They can be used for cleaning up. You can do a lot of multitasking with napkins, which does its part in cutting down on trash waste.
Finally, instead of buying pre-packaged snacks that aren’t going to be healthy anyway, pack up some dried fruits and nuts. There are reusable containers that work well to contain these products. Use all of these methods, and you can rest assured that you are doing your part to keep trash waste down to a minimum.