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5 Reasons Why Camping Is Eco-friendly

Camping with a tent is a great way to travel. And best of all, it’s eco-friendly! But why is that? You can find out in this guide here.

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Environmental protection is a topic that is becoming more and more important. But when travelling, people often turn a blind eye.

Many people choose to travel by air to travel to distant countries. It might be a great experience, but is it eco-friendly? No – quite clearly.

It doesn’t always have to be the classic flight with an overnight stay in a hotel. Camping also guarantees unforgettable travel experiences. Above all, you are guaranteed an adventurous time! In addition, this nature-loving form of travel is extremely environmentally friendly.

In this article, I’ll tell you the top 5 reasons why camping is good for the environment. Perhaps you too will spend your next trip in a tent!

1. Camping Means Less Co₂ Emissions

When camping, the CO₂ consumption is lower than when traveling by plane. The only requirement: you camp in the immediate vicinity. Because if you first go to another country – or even to another continent – camping is anything but environmentally friendly.

There are different ways to travel sustainably. CO₂ emissions are of course lowest if you walk or cycle to the campsite. However, traveling by bus or train also has comparatively low CO₂ emissions:

So why wander into the distance when the good is so close? With a tent in your luggage you don’t have to plan a long journey. If you choose a campsite that is within walking distance, you are not only doing something good for the environment, but also for your physical fitness.

And short trips during your camping trip with a tent? The best way to do this is by bike.

2. Tents Are Available From Sustainable Materials

Eco-friendly camping starts with the tent. By not using tent materials that contain harmful plastic , you are making a clear statement about the environment.

When buying a tent, pay attention to trustworthy textile seals, such as the green button or bluedesign – two state-recognized seals for sustainable textiles.

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Buying a tent can also be done in an environmentally friendly way – there are even two trustworthy textile seals that you should look out for

Sustainable tent materials include e.g. B. the following renewable raw materials:

  • Canvas : This 100% cotton fabric contains no synthetic components. Due to the unique weaving technique, the canvas fabric is very hard-wearing. Cotton tents are also absolutely waterproof.
  • Bamboo : The sweet grass is known for its CO₂ neutrality and its rapid growth. Like the canvas fabric, the bamboo is also very robust and perfect for outdoor use. A big plus: Bamboo has a natural protective layer that is waterproof.
  • Hemp rope : This fabric refers to the fibers from the bast of the hemp plant. The natural material is not only a renewable raw material, but also biodegradable. On top of that, the hemp rope is very weather-resistant and robust.

3. There Are Eco-friendly Campsites

Wild camping not for you? No problem! Instead, pitch your tent at an eco-friendly campsite . Make sure that this is marked with a corresponding label.

The Ecocamping award and the EU Ecolabel stand for environmentally friendly campsites. These labels guarantee that various measures are taken at the campsite to protect the environment.

These include e.g:

  • sustainable energy production
  • strict waste separation
  • economical use of water
  • taking biodiversity into account

So you see: camping at an eco-friendly campsite is a clear sign of sustainability.

4. Camping Consumes Less Electricity

If you stay in a hotel, you use a lot of electricity – mainly after dark. When camping, however, the power consumption is significantly lower. After all, there is no electricity available from the socket here.


The most environmentally friendly are solar powered LED lamps . During the day you charge them for free in the sun. The lamp is then fed with the stored solar energy. As soon as darkness falls, it reliably emits light.

By using solar energy when camping, you are doing something good for the environment. At the same time, you don’t have to worry about the power supply when camping – not even when you arrive at the campsite at night . So a win-win situation!

5. Less Baggage

When camping, you are forced to take only the essentials with you . After all, you will not embark on your adventure equipped with a trolley suitcase, but only with a backpack.

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If you only pack what is actually necessary, your luggage will be a lot lighter. This not only saves physical energy when carrying, but also protects the environment. This is particularly noticeable in the toiletry bag – here it is possible to consciously avoid chemicals.

When camping you have to think minimalistic . Curd soap with natural ingredients replaces a whole range of chemical body care products. The soap foam is suitable for showering, washing hair and temporarily even brushing teeth – and there are many other amazing examples of use .

Conclusion: Camping Is More Environmentally Friendly Than Other Forms Of Travel

If you decide to go camping with a tent, you are making a clear statement about the environment. So you consume less CO₂ and electricity when you spend your time surrounded by nature.

In addition, there is now a wide range of environmentally friendly camping equipment on the market. A sustainable tent and a solar-powered LED camping lamp should not be missing when camping.

Rounded off with luggage that is as minimalist as possible, you start your journey with a clear conscience – so almost nothing can go wrong. I wish you a good time camping!