We demand a product that can protect our skin without compromising the environment. Our broad-spectrum sunscreens are proudly free of chemical actives, synthetic fragrances, petroleum, parabens and anything else we wouldn't want to put on our skin or leave behind in nature. While we’re all for getting outside to see the sights and maybe even get a little lost, we think it’s important to leave the trail just the way we found it (no buried Dorito bags or plastic water bottles).
On your next backpacking adventure use Bare Republic’s “Leave No Trace” guide to help you preserve the natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. By following these 7 tips you can help lower your ecological footprint!
- Know the Restrictions of the Area
Each state park typically has different restrictions due to climate, condition and external factors. For example on some trails pets aren’t allowed or there may be a campfire ban due to the dryness in an area. Do your research before you leave on your next adventure in order to ensure that you are respecting the ground you will be hiking on.
Instead of creating a brand new campsite and eroding the environment, try and find a surface that campers have previously used. This way you can lessen the impact on the ground below and find a comfortable spot to set up camp. The same goes for trails. If you see a trail already carved out by the Parks and Recs Department it is usually there to keep hikers safe and en route without damaging the existing area.
- Bring Out What You Take In
If you hike it in, be sure to hike it out! The best way to do this is to be sure to bring trash bags ahead of time in your hiking gear. If you decide to stop for a snack break or to set up camp, make sure that you take out any wrappers or waste from your campsite. Then dispose back at home.
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Preserve the environment around you by never taking anything with you from your hike. Sand, stones, coral and rocks may seem like nice mementos, but keep in mind you are oftentimes taking an animal's home or eroding the area. It is crucial we respect the environment so that other backpackers can enjoy what nature has to offer.
Respect the wildlife of an area but not disturbing potential nesting zones. In certain countries, hedge cutting is not allowed between certain months of the year to allow birds to nest. Never touch an animal den or bird nest as the scent of a foreign animal can deter the inhabitant from returning to care for their young.
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When making a campfire at your campsite be sure to keep campfires small and try to use small flames when you can. At some camping sites cooking stoves are more welcomed than campfires. Be sure to look up the area you are camping in to see if there is a campfire ban and be sure to come prepared with other alternatives. In places where campfires are permitted, make sure your fire is contained and safe while ensuring the fire is completely extinguished when you leave it behind.
Sunscreen is probably on your packing list as you plan your outdoor excursions – and hopefully you’re looking for a product that is “reef-safe.” You want to be sure that whatever sunscreen you are wearing that it isn’t going to wash off of your body into the ocean (or rivers and lakes) and affect the wildlife and reefs. Bare Republic is proud to be committed to protecting our oceans and all bodies of water.
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