How to be Sustainable on the Trail
Consume Less ; Share Better
1. Leave no trace
Whether you’re hiking in the Rockies or kayaking on a pristine lake, be mindful of the environment that you’re in and the wildlife that could be affected by your decisions. Simply put, pack out what you packed in. Do not leave your food wrappers, or compost in the ecosystem and that includes our Off The Path Provisions pouches. While our meal pouches are compostable, they should be composted safely in a backyard or home compost. Check out our blog post here for directions on how to set up your own backyard compost!
2. Bring your own zero waste snacks
One easy way to produce less waste and garbage on your adventures is to bring your own zero waste snacks. While pre-packaged and single-serving snacks can be quick and convenient, they can easily rack up a lot of waste. We love packing snap peas, carrots or even our homemade energy balls in reusable eco-friendly baggies or reusable silicone bags like Stasher’s.
Plus shopping at your local zero-waste or bulk grocery store means that you can buy exactly the amount of food you need. Less food waste = a win for the planet!
Check out our instagram @offthepath_provisions for our reel on how to make homemade energy balls!
💙 1 cup oatmeal
💙 1/2 cup nut butter
💙 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
💙 1/4 cup honey
💙 1/4 cup cranberries
💙 1/4 cup unsalted cashews, chopped
💙 1 tbsp flax seeds
💙 1 tbsp chia seeds
💙 1/2 tsp cacao nibs
💙 1/4 tsp sea salt
Instructions: Mix in a bowl, roll them into 1” balls, refrigerate for 30 mins and enjoy! Makes about 15.
3. Compost using our Off the Path Provisions compostable bag
Did you know that if you throw food scraps on the ground, it may take many months or even years to fully compost? Since our food scraps are not native to the area, it could also be harmful to wildlife that are not used to our food.
Along the lines of our first tip to leave no trace, we love multi-purposing our finished Off The Path Provisions meal bag as a compost bag. Done with your banana peel or apple core? Simply toss it into our compostable bag! It’ll save you time sorting your trash from compost at the end of a trip. A win for you and a win for the environment!
4. Bring a reusable water bottle
Water is essential on any backcountry adventure. Say no to single-used plastic bottles and bring a reusable water bottle instead. Choose from water bottles with built-in water filtration systems to compact roll-up water bottles that are space-saving, your options are endless!
Make a positive contribution to our planet, while choosing functional choices that enhance your backcountry adventures.
5. Stay on the path
One of the most important things to do when traveling or adventuring in the wilderness is to preserve the land you are in. Walking off the trail can destroy plants, flowers, and wildlife habitat. Minimize your impact and leave the trails as pristine as possible for future generations. This means leaving rocks, flowers, and trees alone. Be a sustainable and respectful adventurer and help protect the surrounding ecosystem.
6. Be cautious when making fires
This is especially important given how frequent and common forest fires are these days. At the end of a long hiking day as you settle down to cook your meal, consider the following before starting a fire. Ensure you’re complying with fire regulations and rules in your area. Often times, fire bans are posted along highways, in visitor centres or on campground bulletin boards. Ensure you start a fire in a safe place; in a designated outdoor fire pit and away from plants or nearby trees.
Thanks for tuning into our top 6 tips for sustainable adventuring! If you have any tips that we didn't cover let us know and leave a comment below. Don't forget to share your sustainable adventures with us at #adventurebeginsoffthepath!