Being eco-friendly in and around your ‘van

Eco-friendliness, sustainability and the protection of the planet are hot news topics these days – and rightly so.

The concepts creep into every aspect of our lives and even have a relevance to your caravanning experiences – without in any way disturbing or interfering with the enjoyment of your days in and around your ‘van.

Here are just some of the issues – and how you might be more eco-friendly – when you are enjoying the experience of caravanning:

The caravan

  • you are off to a very good start by choosing a caravan holiday in the first place;
  • you are more likely to be staycationing, but even if you board a cross-Channel ferry with the ‘van, you still avoid the plane journeys that contribute so much to pollution of the atmosphere – you are going green from the word go, suggested an article in Metro newspaper on the 28th of December 2018;
  • some makes and models of caravan are also built to more eco-friendly standards than others, so this might play a part in choosing your own – a lighter weight, for example, means that you’ll be using less fuel to tow it, while effective insulation keeps down the cost of air-conditioning in summer and heating in winter;

Public transport

  • you need the car to tow your caravan to the campsite, of course, but once it’s pitched, why not try other forms of transport to explore the surrounding area;
  • your own two feet provide one alternative, and the slower pace of walking allows you to take in more detail of the countryside you are passing through;
  • biking might get you there a little quicker and for longer journeys, you might find it even more of an adventure to do your exploring by public transport, suggests the website Good Energy;

Recycle, recycle and recycle again

  • recycling is one of the keys to sustainability – getting the longest possible life and use of practically anything avoids the twin costs of disposing of what’s thrown away and manufacturing what needs to replace it;
  • even the water you use can be recycled – collect it after you’ve taken a shower or done the washing-up and use it to water any plants or flowerbeds, you’re almost certain to find on any campsite;

Shun plastic

  • every minute of the day and night a truckload of plastic rubbish finds its way into the world’s oceans – that’s some 12.7 million tonnes, said the action group Greenpeace;
  • do your bit for the environment during your caravanning holidays, and the rest of the year, by shunning plastic wrapping, bottles, and plastic bags – always take your own reusable shopping bag with you when you pop into the supermarket instead of spending your money every time to buy their plastic bags;

Don’t waste food

  • an even greater reduction may also be made by throwing away your left-over or unwanted food – instead, make a point of saving for tomorrow whatever you do not manage to eat today;

Close the curtains

  • a simple but effective way of helping to keep the heat out in summer and the warmth in winter is to close the curtains on your caravan windows – it also keeps direct sunlight off the furnishings, stopping them from fading and helping them last longer.

It needn’t affect the ability to enjoy your holidays and outings in your caravan by continuing to keep eco-friendly and sustainable actions and behaviours firmly in mind.