Summer Camping


Last updated: July 2017

 

 

Ethical Checklist: Camping

 

 

The summer holidays have arrived, so grab the kids and head outdoors to enjoy the very best of the British countryside. 

However, before you pitch your tent, use our ethical checklist to ensure your camping essentials get the Ethical Consumer seal of approval. 

 

 

Tents 

 

Its important you don't just pick a cheap disposable tent. Find a brand that respects the environment as much as you do. 

 

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Mountain Equipment and Sprayway are our top picks in our tent guide. 

 

 

Walking Boots
 

Walking boots are an essential item for many keen walkers.  While some of the most popular brands sit at the bottom of the scoretable (Jack Wolfskin, Adidas, Columbia), it is positive to see more ethical companies selling walking boots.  

 

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The vegan companies selling walking boots made from synthetic materials all get a best rating, these include Eco Vegan Shoes, Wills, Vegetarian Shoes and Ethical Wares. They are all available to buy online but Vegetarian shoes also has a shop in Brighton. 

 

 

Waterproof Jackets

 

Even in the summer months, the UK's weather can be unpredictable, so it's probably wise to pack a waterproof. 

One of the key issues in this sector is the use of animal down in insulated jackets. Down is used to keep you warm without weighing you down.  

It is a prized commodity for the outdoor equipment industry. Every year tonnes of it are processed, from millions of ducks and geese, who are often alive when they are plucked. 

 

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Our Best Buy for waterproof jackets is Paramo which doesn’t use down in its jackets. It also receives a best Ethical Consumer rating for its supply chain management. 80% of its production takes place in a factory in Colombia which gives opportunities to vulnerable women. Read more about Paramo's story in our Q&A. 

See our guide to waterproof jackets for more information. 

 

 

 

Rucksacks
 

Carry around all your camping essentials in a sturdy ethical rucksack, that doesn't use environmentally toxic PVC.

 

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Our best buys are Fjallraven, Deuter and Patogonia as they all receive a best rating for supply chain management.

See our guide to Rucksacks for more information. 

 

 

Sleeping bags
 

Keep warm and dry in your tent with a sleeping bag that hasn't harmed any animals in production. 

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We recommend Mountain Equipment sleeping bags because they use down (feathers) a natural stuffing. 

They use Down Codex approved and audited supply chains which means that the down does not come from live-plucked or force-fed birds.  

  

 

 


 

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