At Under Canvas, nature is more than just a place for us to set up camp. We look to nature to be the best architect for our camps—everything from the design of the camps and the products we sell, to our intentional inconveniences, like low-flow toilets and pull-chain showers.
By being a part of the Under Canvas community, you are a part of our efforts to be environmental stewards for our planet. Here are some of the ways we reduce our impact:
- We use 87% less water than the average hotel.
- We are currently working towards a goal of achieving zero waste to landfill by 2021.
- We use 84% less energy than an average hotel, with a large portion derived from solar panels.
- We focus on a “Leave No Trace” mentality and we leave our sites almost exactly as we found them.
- We partner with brands who share our environmental ethos and demonstrate the same care for our planet.
- We help people to unplug, spend time #OutsideTogether, and take in what nature has to offer with the hopes of creating new environmental stewards for years to come.
- We encourage our employees across camps and at our corporate headquarter in Bozeman, MT to take time out of their day beautify the land around them.
While we believe that businesses have the power to do good, we also know that individuals can have a huge impact. Here are some things that you can do on Earth Day (and beyond!) to help make our planet happier:
Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic
Plastic straws, grocery bags, plastic water bottles– all of these are items that we discard as quickly as we get them…and eventually end up in our oceans and landfills. Our advice is to replace plastic items with reusable or biodegradable options. Plastic wrap and ziploc bags can be replaced with wax paper or glass jars. Bring your own canvas bags to the grocery store. Get a coffee thermos and water bottle that you can take with you wherever you go.
Give Your Car a Rest
There’s no denying our cars make it extremely convenient to travel. And while cars are a necessity for longer distances, there are also plenty of opportunities in everyday life to take a break from your car. Instead of driving every time you want to go somewhere, consider alternative means of transport like walking, biking, or public transportation. It’s not only good for the environment, but for your health too. If none of those are viable options, carpooling can be a great way to reduce the number of cars on the road.
Create Energy Saving Habits
There are many easy ways to reduce your energy consumption, which in turn reduces your environmental footprint. Even small steps can have a big impact. Turn off lights when you leave the room and unplug your electronics when not in use. Even when turned off, common household items like your television, computer, and cellphone charger still use up power. Another option is to invest in more energy efficient products like low-flow shower heads and energy efficient light bulbs.