World Earth Day
Did you know that April 22nd is World Earth Day? The main aim of this day is to raise awareness about the growing concerns of overpopulation, loss of biodiversity, and depleting quality of the environment. It is time that we invest in Our Planet, because a green future is a prosperous future. We need to act on the business and political climate so that future generations can enjoy Earth in the same way that we have! We all need Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health, survival and most importantly our happiness. We need to act, innovate, and implement because a healthy planet is not an option, it is a necessity.
Our entire business is centered around the environment. Our belief is that all the little things we can do better, we should. We change packaging when we can, we clean up after our camping, we give paperless options on receipts. The sum of the parts does make an impact, we know this and are constantly looking for ways to be a little bit better every day. We believe in building tents for life. We’re committed to creating ways to give our tents a new purpose - upcycling, recycling, repairing. That way we can leave a lighter footprint on our planet.
Leave No Trace Behind
When camping it is essential to leave no trace behind. With over 100 million visitors traveling around the U.S. every year, it goes without saying that our environment is negatively impacted. This is due to litter, habituated wildlife, trail erosion, polluted water sources and much much more! While most of us don’t want to harm our natural surroundings on purpose, we can be missing the knowledge on how to look after it, or we’re simply overlooking a few necessary behaviors.
There are actually 7 principles to think about when going on that adventure packed weekend away! Need to refresh your memory? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Protecting the environment is so important when you are exploring. If you want the outdoors to stay beautiful it's important that you leave no trace when you go camping. If the next camper can tell you were at your camp spot, you’re doing it wrong. So, what are these 7 important principles?
Plan and prepare: When you plan your trip, you need to research the area you’re going to be camping in and what equipment you’ll be needing. It is important to prepare for harsh weather conditions and emergencies. The challenge of the elements gave us the idea for Crua. So we see no reason not to have figured out a way to not just camp all year round. There is an expression where we come from, “There is no such thing as bad weather, there is only bad preparation.” In addition to this you should know the rules and regulations of the camping area, travel in smaller groups, repackage food, and ensure you have a map and compass with you.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces: When you’re backpacking you might not have booked a campsite. If you are free camping or camping in the wild, you need to look for durable terrain. These surfaces include rock, gravel, snow, formed trails, and dry grass. It is best to camp on these surfaces as they are the most environmentally friendly.
Dispose of waste properly: Waste disposal is always an issue when it comes to camping, especially if there are no proper bathroom or shower facilities. If you don’t have access to these facilities, you should make sure to keep your distance from any water source so that it doesn't become contaminated or harm the environment. Also, if you are not careful with your waste such as plastic, animals can be harmed if they consume them, or it deteriorates into the surrounding environment. It is important that you keep your trash with you until you can throw it away in a designated trash can.
Leave what you find: It’s tempting for us to take things that we find in nature. This could be anything from a nice piece of wood or special seashell. However, we believe in the “take only pictures, leave only footprints” motto. It is important to leave what you find in the place that you found it, no matter how tempting it may be!
Minimize campfire impact: When we think about camping, we think about campfires, and making smores on a warm summer day. But fires can be harmful to the environment as they can easily spread. Of course, this doesn't mean that you can’t have a fire while camping, but there are options to think about instead. Our Crua Firepit is an excellent choice; we aim to leave no mess behind. We created the firepit to help minimize the impact on nature by containing your fire safely. We also understand that cooking over a campfire is a difficult task, so we designed the firepit with that in mind. It comes with a flat panel at the top; big enough to hold two small pans. It even features grill-like slots so you can get the BBQ feels. No matter where you are camping, this firepit offers you everything you need to get cooking!
Respect wildlife: When we happen to see a wild animal, we sometimes want to feed them or perhaps even touch them. However, it’s important that you do not approach any wild animals as they are in their own habitat. Of course, take as many pictures as you like, however make sure to keep a reasonable distance and even use your binoculars if they are in the distance.
Be considerate of other people: You know the old saying, “treat others the way you want to be treated”. This can just as easily be applied to nature, as it is important to respect nature and be considerate of your surroundings.
It is vital that we look after our planet so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come. And, when camping make sure that you are respectful of your surroundings and take great care to look after the environment you are in. If you thought this blog was interesting and would like to receive weekly updates when we post our blogs, then why not subscribe to our email newsletter? We promise you, it's worth it!
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