Following a Green Path into the Woods

July 2023

Hiker in the woods with a back pack and a tent

With peak summer upon us, there’s no time like the present to pack up your wares, peace out into the woods and make a tent your temporary dwelling for a few days. During these nature-centric adventures, it’s also important to remember to leave no trace of your presence behind. Cleaning up after yourself and keeping spaces looking like you’ve never been there means everyone can enjoy them for years to come.

Annually, Canadians produce just over 35 million tonnes of solid waste, so opting for biodegradable and forest-friendly FSC-certified products should become a go-to when writing up your shopping list and trying to keep from adding to landfills. 


Heading out into the great outdoors with a little one is a courageous act in its own right, so kudos! Thankfully, there are FSC-certified products like Attitude’s Biodegradable Baby Diapers to help smooth out the kinks in that experience, while also offering hypoallergenic goods that prioritize materials like cellulose pulp, which cuts down on plastic use. 

Nothing says night around the campfire like a few singalongs, and the Om Biosphere Martin Guitar will help you do just that with the Earth’s health in mind. Made from 100% FSC-certified materials, this plastic-free instrument sports its values on the outside too, covered with artwork by Robert Goetzl depicting a colourful ocean scene as a nod to our distressed coral reef ecosystems. All you’re missing is marshmallows for toasting, and you can get strumming. 

When you’re away from the comforts of home, you can still pack some of your favourite conveniences. In the quick clean-up department, Bounty produces sustainable paper towel with select-a-size sheets that let you control exactly how much you’re using for any given spill or wipe-down. 

With the Women’s Tree Dasher 2, Allbirds presents sustainable shoes with a cushier crash pad and no-slip heel fit that keeps your feet locked in place, an important feature to pair with nature’s uneven terrain. These carbon-neutral lace-ups are crafted using FSC-certified Tencel made from eucalyptus tree fibre, natural rubber, bio-based nylon and recycled plastic bottles, so you can sport your eco-consciousness to the tips of your toes. 

When you’re out there in the wilderness, dirt has a way of finding its way into everything, and figuring out ways to keep things fresh without being detrimental to the environment can become a challenge. Along with having a clean-enducing rippled texture, Cottonelle’s Freshcare Flushable Wet Wipes are totally biodegradable and start breaking down like toilet paper as soon as they’re used up and out of sight.  

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