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We Can All Do Better With These Zero Waste Camping Tips

The Dyrt

Zero waste living isn’t just a trend. It’s a lifestyle overhaul based on living responsibly, with the intention of reducing our enormous carbon footprint.

One of the main goals of zero waste living is to create a circular economy that leaves no place for trash. It’s a way to leave our world healthier and more habitable by keeping our environment clean, trash free, and beautiful for generations to come.

And while reducing your yearly waste to what fits inside a mason jar—like some extreme zero-waste practitioners—might seem impossible, there are many zero waste tips that are easy to incorporate in your day-to-day life, including your next camping trip.


If zero waste sounds like a lofty goal, that’s because it is. But it’s also necessary, and zero waste living is actually pretty straightforward. Cut out the one-time use products, buy in bulk, purchase second-hand where possible, and seek out products that are compostable or package-free. Whenever possible, make purchases that are locally grown or made.

Camping is a great opportunity to utilize zero waste tips. Surprisingly, despite the zero waste lifestyle becoming more mainstream and accessible, campers frequently rely on packaged meals and new gear wrapped in styrofoam and bubble wrap.

But imagine a camping trip where everything you’ve brought and everything you do creates absolutely zero waste. Don’t think it’s possible? It is.


Eating a plant-based diet is the best bet for reducing your carbon footprint. When you’re camping, it also reduces the need for ice (and those plastic ice bags). Eating locally-grown foods is a key component of zero waste living, but depending on where you live, this can be difficult. Do the best you can with what you have.

Bringing your food with you is key. Buy bulk when possible, use reusable bags when shopping (including in the produce aisle!), and bring all camping food in reusable packages. You may need to do some light meal prepping, depending on your camping meal plan. The best way to carry your food sustainable is with a reusable, durable cooler.

For ice, there is some preparation required. Use mesh bags in place of plastic bags, and fill them before you leave. You may need to start a few days early to build up enough ice, but you’ll cut out the plastic bags that typically come with ice. Make sure that you have a quality cooler that holds ice for long periods of time.

Zero Waste Tips for storage: Store food in reusable, washable containers like glass jars. If you’re worried about the containers breaking, I like to wrap each glass piece in a cloth napkin, which can then be used as napkins at the campground. Rinse, hang dry, and repeat to use throughout your camping trip.

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