Everything eco?: How to find eco-friendly campsites

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Campers can make their vacation sustainable with their own behavior. What you can do to protect the environment here.

Camping holidays can be an environmentally friendly alternative to hotels. It starts with the selection of the campsite – because there are offers that are more sustainable than others.

According to the TÜV association, the environmental balance of a campsite depends primarily on the choice of sanitary facilities, energy consumption or facilities such as the restaurant or swimming pools. If holidaymakers want to reconcile environmental protection and nature experiences during their overnight stay, comparison sites can provide an overview.

These two points speak for an environmentally friendly place: The buildings are built energy-efficiently and the energy comes from regenerative sources. The campsite is also well connected to the public transport network.

EU label identifies sustainable offers

With the help of the EU Ecolabel, holidaymakers can quickly check the importance of sustainability for the campsite operator. According to the Tüv-Verband, for the certification he has to meet 22 sustainability criteria such as the use of green electricity, economical LED lighting or a water-saving toilet flush on his seat. The site provides an overview of all campsites marked as sustainable ecocamps.de.

Campers themselves can also make a contribution to environmental protection by paying attention to recycled content and fair production processes when choosing their tent. Such products can be recognized by the so-called «green button», a state-controlled seal of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Camping rules for environmental protection

According to the Tüv-Verband, products marked with the seal guarantee sustainable, socially and ecologically produced textiles. A total of 46 social and environmental standards must be observed.

Last but not least, campers contribute to environmental compatibility with their behavior on site. A reminder from the Tüv Association should help: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – i.e. reduce, reuse and recycle. In practice this means:

– In order to avoid packaging waste, campers should shop locally and transport the products in bags they have brought with them.

– Use reusable cutlery and dishes and clean them in the sink

– Observance of waste separation

– If you also want to protect yourself against mosquitoes, wasps and the like, you should avoid using pesticides

– Use natural cosmetic products for personal hygiene, such as washing your hair.

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