Summer season is coming soon and for many people, this is the season for a new adventure. The summer weather is suitable for outdoor activities and it would be great to get an adventure in the wilderness. Many of us believe that going into the wilderness is one good way to get close to the nature. But we must question ourselves whether our passion for wildlife adventure brings more goodness to the nature or the opposite.
Eco-friendly becomes a very popular jargon lately. All the publications about global climate change menaces lead us to give concern more about environment sustainability. Being eco-friendly seems like the right way to help the earth and allow us to survive. We change our habit trying to become eco-friendlier. We check the food products and practically almost everything else ensuring it has eco-friendly label, turning into public transport or non-motorized vehicle, and other things. So, let’s back to the summer adventure you have been planning. It’s supposed to become a chance to learn more about the nature. But are you sure your adventure would be an eco-friendly one?
You may already teach yourself with the do’s and don’ts when doing outdoor activities in the wilderness. You know you can’t litter or level trash, leave a burning campfire, and other bad things. But how about the gears and tools you wear and carry for the wilderness adventure? Are you sure everything is eco-friendly? It would be ironic to do wildlife adventure to learn how to love the nature more but what you wear and what you bring to the wilderness is non eco-friendly products.How can we be sure that the products we bought is eco-friendly? First, we need to learn about eco-credentials. It is how the brands or manufacturers define sustainability in designing and manufacturing process. Eco-credentials are used to assess whether the brands or products are environmentally responsible or not.
There could be different criteria to make eco-credentials assessment. WildBounds, UK’s leading online retailer of outdoor adventure kits, uses certain criteria to assess eco-credentials of brands and manufacturers. The criteria are:
Choosing local manufacturing means minimizing carbon footprints from transports and distributions. Local manufacturers also promote sustainability as they support local communities.
Locally Sourced Materials
This is also related to carbon footprints. Choosing raw materials from local UK or European sources also more responsible as UK and Europe have stronger environmental regulations. Choosing locally sourced raw materials also help local business and local communities.
Ethically Sourced Materials
Raw materials are produced without any process harming the environment or living creatures. Organic or recycled materials are prioritized.
Eco-friendly Manufacturing Process
Manufacturing process has the biggest impact to the environment. Eco-friendly process can help minimize the negative impacts. The initiatives can be using renewable energy sources, using no hazardous chemical during the process, etc.
The products that last for decades or lifetime, in term of durability and long-lasting design, would discourage the needs to buy new similar products. It helps to reduce consumption and at the end, it also helps reducing manufacturing process and its negative impacts to the environment.
Brands or manufacturers, with part of their revenue, create or support initiatives with direct and measurable positive impacts to the environment, such as: planting trees, cleaning the ocean, or providing clean water to underprivileged community for each product sold.