Easy-to-implement waste reduction tips for on the road.
Would you like to be more environmentally conscious on your camping trips? We’ve collected ideas and tips on how you can do your bit for the environment and collect rubbish on your camper adventure.
1. Plogging: jogging and collecting litter.
The plogging movement from Sweden (a Swedish word creation from plocka upp (to pick up) + jogging) is a global trend in which rubbish is collected on the running route. Always carry a bag with you on your road trip and use it to collect rubbish when you go jogging, hiking, or mountain biking.
2. Litter picking on the beach.
Cigarette butts, beer bottle caps, and small plastic packages often end up in the sand. Either look in the region where you are travelling to see if there are organised beach clean-ups or grab a bag and tongs yourself and make the beach a little cleaner during a beach walk. Litter picking at the seaside makes a lot of sense, as the litter is quickly blown into the water by the wind, where it can be deadly for marine life, or drifts around for ages until it breaks down into microplastics, which sooner or later end up in the food chain.
3. Litter picking in the forest.
Unfortunately, you can also find a lot of plastic waste in the forest. Look for organised Forest Clean Up Days in your region or do it like so many on social media with plalking and pliking.
Plalking = walking + plocka upp: If you prefer Nordic walking or walking, why not become a plalker by picking up litter along the way.
Pliking = Hiking + plocka upp: Upgrade your hiker status to pliker by collecting rubbish on your hike.
4. The right equipment for collecting rubbish and litter picking.
A rubbish bag or bucket and gloves are often enough to collect rubbish. However, if you don’t want to touch the rubbish with your hands, you can get a pair of tongs for collecting rubbish. These are available in a small fold-out format so that they do not take up much space. The best tongs for collecting rubbish are made of wood, similar to barbecue tongs, as they are plastic-free and grip well. When getting the whole family involved, make sure that your children’s hands are protected when collecting rubbish. It’s best to have your smartphone or camera with you to document the rubbish collection.
Tip: Before you get new equipment for collecting rubbish, municipalities and waste management companies often provide tongs and gloves free of charge.
5. Organise your own clean-up day with friends and acquaintances.
Collecting rubbish together is more fun and the yield is much bigger. If there is no organised litter picking in your area, you can take the initiative yourself at your holiday destination for a few hours.