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Eco-Friendly Camping Gear: Go Green in the Wild

If there’s ever a good time to be extra conscious of your consumer choices it’s when investing in eco-friendly camping gear. With SO much new outdoor and camping gear coming on the market every season it sure can be tempting to upgrade that two year old tent or try out the latest cooking stove to see if it’s more efficient than your current one. But the impact of all those new purchase can be hugely damaging to the environment that we spend all our spare time enjoying.

Eco friendly camping gifts

Camping gear breaks and wears out — there’s no getting away from it. But buying the first cheapest option you can get hold of isn’t a sustainable solution. If you can’t fix or repair it, then try looking for a second-hand replacement. And if that’s not a viable option, and if you are able to spend a little extra, then our list of eco-friendly camping gear might have just what you’re looking for when the time comes to replace your worn out gear.

15 items of eco-friendly camping gear

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Sleeping bag

Big Agnes Newcomb Sleeping Bag

This lightweight synthetic mummy-style sleeping bag is ideal for 3 season camping trips. It is highly compressible, for a synthetic sleeping bag, making it a great option for backpacking adventures on the trail, too. The nylon shell has a water repellent finish for protection in damp conditions or when sleeping wild without a tent. But the best bit? It is filled with PrimaLoft Black Insulation Hi-Loft Ultra — warm, compressible AND 80% recycled.

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Eukarya Origin Headlamp

Eukarya Origin Headlamp

It’s rechargeable, the aluminium frame is recycled and uniquely, the Origin Headlamp by Eukarya has a wooden housing making it one of the most eco-friendly headlamps we’ve come across. But this camping essential is not just all about good looks and sustainability. It also lives up to its expectations on the practicality front, too. With 300 lumens, high, low and strobe modes, adjustable strap and a tilting lamp position, the stylish headlamp boasts all the usual properties of a high quality light that will step up to whatever camp tasks are required of it.

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The Earthship Molecule Tent

The Earthship Molecule Tent

Crawl into the distinctive looking ‘Infinite Tapestry’ design of the Earthship Molecule Tent for the ultimate eco-friendly camping experience. This 3 season tent houses 4 eco-warriors, guaranteed a sound sleep safe in the knowledge that the 68D recycled polyester fly will protect them from the elements. Along with the recycled nylon tent floor and recycled polyester walls, you’ll struggle to find a more environmentally friendly tent out there. And if you really want to polish up that consciences you’ll be happy to learn that 10 trees are planted with every tent purchase.

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The Earthship

GSI Cookset

GSI Outdoors Glacier Base Camper Cookset

One of the best things you can do as a consumer is buy things that last a lifetime. Better still, buy things that stand the test of time so well that they can be passed onto future generations. Opting for this super sturdy and durable stainless steel cookset is a sound investment, both environmentally and practically. The set features two lidded pots, and one frying pan with a folding handle. The pots are ideal for camping over campfires. Plus the stainless steel is highly thermally efficient and can be recycled at the end of its life. Time for a good old campfire meal!

For more information read our full review of the GSI Outdoors Glacier Base Camper Cookset.

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Vaude sleeping mat

Vaude Tour 3.8 M Sleeping Mat

Vaude are one of the leading brands in eco-friendly camping gear and clothing. And this self-inflating mattress is another excellent offering from them. Its high R-value of 4 provides comfort in temperatures as low as -11.6°C (11.1°F), and it’s weight and pack down size make it suitable for multi-day hiking trips as well car camping. From an eco-friendly point of view, the Tour 3.8 comes with Vaude’s Green Shape label. To gain this label, the sleeping mattress will have met a tough set of ethical and environmental guidelines that covers its entire lifecycle.

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BioLite CampStove 2 Wood Burning and USB Charging Camping Stove

BioLite CampStove 2 Wood Burning and USB Charging Camping Stove

Gas canister stoves may score top marks for convenient camp cooking, but they don’t tick many boxes when it comes to their kindness to the environment. An excellent alternative is cooking on a wood burning stove. Assuming you don’t go hacking down the nearest living tree you can get your hands on, burning wood is one of the more sustainable sources of fuel. Burn it on a stove like the BioLite CampStove 2, and you get a double-whammy of converting the excess energy created by the fire into power to re-charge your electricals!

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Solo Stove Lite

Solo Stove Lite Wood Burning Stove

Another excellent biomass burning stove option, and a superbchoice for eco-backpackers, is the Solo Stove Lite. Though it doesn’t have the charging capabilities of the BioLite, it more than makes up for it with its low weight (only 255g / 9oz) and tiny pack size (about the size of a regular 460ml gas canister). It’s simple, burns wood, twigs and other biomass with exceptional efficiency thanks to its clever double wall combustion chamber, and it cooks proper food with surprising finesse and control. Plus, it’s compatible with a small alcohol burner for the times with there’s nothing to burn or the wood is far too wet!

For more information read our review of the Solo Stove Lite Wood Burning Stove.

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Bamboo utensils

To-Go Ware Bamboo Travel Utensils

A portable cutlery set will most certainly be the piece of eco-friendly camping gear that you will use the most. It’s lightweight enough for backpacking, yet useful enough for car camping. And it it’s not just on camping trips that it will see some action. Keep a set in your handbag for lunches on the go to avoid needing single-use alternatives. Or pack it on park picnics. Either way, your food will taste even better knowing that the case is made of recycled bottles and the bamboo utensils are sustainable and biodegradable. The ideal gift for eco-friendly campers and al fresco diners everywhere.

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Light My Fire Mealkit Bio

Light My Fire MealKit BIO

This 8-piece Light My Fire MealKit BIO is the ideal meal caddy for picnics, day hikes and camping. Complete with a collapsible cup, spork, chopping board and two lidded small containers, the whole thing fits inside a box, that also doubles as a plate and bowl, and is tightly held together with an elasticated harness. It’s a complete package for on the go feasting. But this versatile and tough little meal kit also delivers on the sustainability front. Though it feels and performs like regular plastic (microwave and dishwasher safe), it’s actually made from corn, sugarcane and wood fiber based bioplastics. As well as causing lower environmental impact through the production process, it also means that at the end of its life the meal kit is compostable, if exposed to the right conditions.

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Bamboo dinnerware

Bamboo Dinnerware Set

This gorgeous set of bamboo dinnerware is sure to bring out the adventurous kid in you. Colourful, fun and wonderfully guilt-free. Like the travel utensils, the non-toxic bamboo plates and bowls are the ideal eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic camping dinnerware. The set includes 4 small and 4 large plates plus 4 deep bowls, and they are super durable, too — everything you need for a family camping weekend. And if one of them gets broken or damaged you can just sling it in the compost to biodegrade. No landfill for these little guys!

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LifeStraw Universal Water Filter Bottle Adapter Kit

LifeStraw Universal Water Filter Bottle Adapter Kit

This portable water filter is a game-changer for travelers and campers with limited access to clean water. It reduces the amount of chemical matter in the water, removes 99.9999% of all bacteria and 99.9% of all protozoa. And because the adapter kit fits on almost all reusable water bottles, it means no more buying bottled water in areas of questionable water quality. To top it off, 2018 saw even more environmental advances for LifeStraw when they started only using recycled plastic in the manufacturing of their filters. Cheers to that!

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Wildbounds | Amazon | REI

Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

This multi-purpose, certified organic and biodegradable soap is so gentle on the environment that it can also be used as mouthwash! Made with organic oils and all-natural ingredients Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap can be used to clean your clothes, your body and your hair. Its use is especially important when camping in the backcountry, or in small campsites that don’t have proper drainage systems. And seeing as all our water ends up back where it came from eventually, why not use it in everyday life, too? Let’s clean up our act fellow eco-warriors!

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Luminade lantern

Luminaid PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger and Solar Lantern

Every campsite needs some illumination to keep the party going after dark. And although that campfire glow is most certainly the most atmospheric, it doesn’t do much to provide useful light to cook, read or play games by. Grab yourself a couple of LuminAid lanterns, however, and the festivities can last all night, if you like. Yep, the lightweight solar panels recharge the battery to last up to 50 hours of shine time. And the 5V USB output port can recharge your device or phone in 2-4hrs! They are also fully waterproof, collapsible for easy storage and transportation, and are tough enough to last many years of electric-free eco-friendly camping partays!

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Amazon | REI | Backcountry

Fire starter

UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starters

Igniting your grill coals with chemical-filled, toxic fire starters has to be the best way to ruin the taste (and nutrient value) of your BBQ food. Use a Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter, however, and not only are you promoting the burning of renewable biomass, but you’re also adding some sweet sugarcane flavours to your food (maybe!). Either way, using chemical free starters means that the impact of a backcountry campfire will be much less significant, and your food will be non-toxic. Bonus!

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Yukon Outfitters Somnismart Hammock

If you really want to minimise your environmental impact on your next camping trip then try hanging out in the Yukon Outfitters Somnismart Hammock. Every hammock is made of 30 plastic bottles — recycled into a tough and durable repreve fabric and made into a hammock. So no need for a tent and all its plastic-based fabrics. You don’t even need a sleeping pad, if the temperature is warm enough. Just you, your sleeping bag and your hammock gently rocking your way to an eco-friendly nirvana.

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Yukon Outfitters

Buying sustainable camping gear is just one way of doing your bit for the environment when camping. For more ideas on how to be an eco-friendly camper read our guide to green camping. And to get ahead of the game when it comes to your outdoor wardrobe, you may want to take a look at our guide to eco-friendly outdoor clothing.


About the author: Joey Holmes


Joey is based in Cornwall, UK, and runs Cool of the Wild. She can’t get enough of being outdoors – whether that’s lounging around the campfire cooking up a feast, hitting the trail in her running shoes, or attempting to conquer the waves on her surfboard – she lives for it. Camping is what she loves to do the most, but has also spent many hours clinging to the side of a rock face, cycling about the place, cruising the ski-slopes on her snowboard, and hiking small mountains and big hills.

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