How To Practice Leave No Trace Principles in Your Everyday Life

How To Practice Leave No Trace Principles in Your Everyday Life

As an outdoor enthusiast, you've probably heard of leave no trace principles.

By implementing these principles, you ensure that the outdoors remains thriving and beautiful for others to enjoy for years to come.

However, did you know that you can apply some of the leave no trace principles at home?

Today's article aims at teaching you how to do this. In this article, we'll talk about what leave no trace principles are and why they're so important when applied to our everyday lives. After that, I'll give some tips for how to put them into practice!

But first, let's understand what leave no trace means.

What Are Leave No Trace Principles?

Leave no trace principles are guidelines that outdoor enthusiasts abide by to minimize their impact on the environment.

Made up of seven main principles, these guidelines provide a framework for behaving when outdoors to ensure generations after us enjoy the same outdoor environment.

The principles are:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp only on durable surfaces
  3. Have proper waste disposal
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impact
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be mindful of other visitors

By following these seven principles when we're outdoors, we help keep our natural spaces intact so they can be enjoyed by everyone else who plans to go there after us.

But why should they be practiced in everyday life?

Keep reading to learn more.

Why Apply Leave No Trace Principles in Everyday Life

Just like you'd like to leave the nature trails clean and undisturbed for the next generations, it's equally important to ensure you do the same to your immediate environment.

Applying these principles at home is a great way to be more mindful of our daily lives' impact on nature.

How to Apply Leave No Trace Principles in Your Everyday Life

Principle 1: Plan Ahead and Prepare

One of the most significant environmental issues we face, is that of single-use items. As someone looking to protect the environment, your first task should be reducing your waste by eliminating single-use items in your life.

But how do you do this?

By planning.

And by planning ahead, we mean being prepared with items that eliminate single-use items.

Carrying your own reusable products instead of using single-use items from shops is the best way to do this. This includes things such as food containers, utensils, and water bottles.

And that's not all!

You can also reduce single-use plastic use by only ordering groceries and other items from stores that offer plastic-free shipping.

Principle 3: Have a Proper Waste Disposal System

How much trash do you generate in a week? How often do you recycle? Are you the kind of person who'd throw trash out of the car window on a highway?

These are some of the questions to ask yourself when thinking about your waste disposal system.

And don't stop here at the questions.

Take the necessary steps to improve your waste disposal system.

One of the ways to do this is by reducing single-use consumables at your house (as explained above)

You can also start a compost, where you dump all your biodegradable waste. For e-waste, don't dump them in the trash. Instead, take them to the nearest e-waste collector.

If you have old clothes that you'd like to get rid of, donate them rather than sending them to the landfill. To learn more about cloth donations, check out our guide on where to donate clothes in Canada, USA, UK and Australia.

Make sure to reuse products that can be reused, and only recycle at last resort. This is because most of the items in recycling bins end up in landfills.

And that's not all!

A proper waste disposal system in nature also means you should know how to deal with human waste. When at home, you have a toilet.

But how do you deal with animal waste?

When walking your dog, always pick up their poop and dispose of it correctly.

Principle 4: Leave What You Find

This principle urges outdoor enthusiasts to avoid picking stuff from nature. When outdoors, don't pick wildflowers, take rocks or shells from their natural space, and cut tree branches.

But how do you apply this in everyday life?

Simple! Just don't buy everything you come across.

Leave that cool designer t-shirt and pants on the shelves, and leave those cute shoes at the store!

By practicing restraint when shopping, you reduce the amount of waste you'll produce later. Practicing restraint when shopping is essential if you're looking to fight the effects of fast fashion.

Principle 6: Respect Wildlife

When in nature, respect wildlife.

But how do you apply this in everyday life?

One of the ways to do this is by adopting a more plant-based lifestyle.

By following a plant-based lifestyle, you'll not only do your body good but also help protect the environment.

By eating less meat and more vegetables and fruits, you can reduce your carbon footprint significantly. Eating less meat is also a way of taking a stand against the exploitative animal agriculture and commercial fish farming industries.

Another way to protect wildlife in your area is by always picking up your pet's poop (as explained in principle 3)

By picking your pet's poop, you help reduce the risk of fecal bacteria getting into natural waterways, which could cause infections to wildlife.

Principle 7: Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Whether in nature or everyday life, it's essential to think about how your actions affect other people.

Don't be the neighbor who blasts loud music in the middle of the night. If you are a smoker, think about how your behavior affects those around you.

If you run a company, make sure your processes have minimal impact on the environment.

And that's not all!

Being considerate of other people also means taking the time to teach those around you about applying leave no trace principles in their everyday life.

It's Time We All Played Our Part

If everyone practiced leave no trace principles in their everyday lives, the world would be a better place.

However, it starts with you.

Play your part, and practice some of the tips explained in this post. What tips will you introduce to your everyday life? Please tell us in the comment section below.

And if you're looking to purchase high-quality outdoor apparel, check out our online store here. At Northbound Gear, we look to ensure that we apply leave no trace principles during the manufacture of our products.


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